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Broncos hurting at QB

Mike Klis
The Denver Pos

The Broncos have a serious quarterback problem that has nothing to do with the performances of Kyle Orton and Chris Simms. The health of Orton and Simms, however, is another matter.

Orton suffered a serious injury to the index finger of his right (throwing) hand Sunday during the Broncos’ preseason game against Chicago and is in danger of missing the season opener Sept. 13 at Cincinnati. Simms has been out since suffering a severe left ankle sprain Aug. 22 at Seattle.

Two NFL sources said the finger was not fractured but that Orton suffered an open dislocation (penetration of skin) of the right knuckle. That would explain the blood dripping from Orton’s finger and the excruciating pain the quarterback endured as the dislocated finger was popped back into place by Broncos trainer Steve Antonopulos.

Orton injured his finger when his right hand collided with the left hand of Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye on the follow-through of a pass during the second quarter.

“I think maybe it was one of those things where his hand got caught bad as he was throwing it when I hit him,” Ogunleye said after the game. “I hope he is OK. I pray he is OK.”

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