Published: August 29, 2013
DENVER - Ryan Lindley threw for two touchdowns for Arizona in a 32-24 victory over Denver on Thursday night that capped a wild offseason for the Broncos.
Now, this summer's trendy Super Bowl pick heads into next week's NFL Kickoff against defending champion Baltimore after losing both of its "Doom & Gloom" pass-rush partners. Elvis Dumervil went to the Ravens in free agency after a fax foul-up, and Von Miller will begin serving a six-game suspension.
Together, they accounted for 29? of Denver's league-leading 52 sacks last season.
How the Broncos make up for their absences will go a long way in determining if Miller's Super Bowl guarantee he made back in February was bold or blather.
Gerell Robinson caught five passes for 99 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass from rookie Zac Dysert for Denver.
With their opener less than a week away, the Broncos, who also saw two of their executives suspended this summer after DUI arrests, will get a jumpstart on their cuts Friday.
Before getting hurt, linebacker Lerentee McCray made a strong case for extending Denver's streak to a full decade in which at least one undrafted player made the 53-man roster in Week 1. McCray started at Miller's strong side spot and had a sack and a forced fumble in the first half. But he was helped off the field with a right ankle injury with four minutes left in the third quarter.
On the next play, Lindley threw a 55-yard TD pass to Jaron Brown.
The Broncos responded with Lance Ball's 69-yard gain on a screen and Dysert's keeper from 7 yards that put Denver back on top, 24-17.
Denver tight end Jake O'Connell's second fumble of the night led to Mike Thomas' 13-yard TD catch from Lindley, whose 2-point conversion pass to Andre Ellington gave Arizona its first lead at 25-24 with less than 6 minutes remaining.
Stepfan Taylor added a 15-yard TD run with 1:05 left.
A police report shows Broncos linebacker Shaun Phillips reported his vehicle was stolen from downtown Denver over the weekend.