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Broncos’ receivers caught short in numbers

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post

For a team that so often runs a spread-style, four-wide receiver offense, the Broncos are starting to run quite low on bodies.

First, the team suspended Brandon Marshall on Friday.

Later that afternoon, Jabar Gaffney, the savvy veteran who was to replace Marshall as the starter, broke his thumb, creating some lineup challenges for the Broncos in Sunday night’s game against Chicago.

The team opened the game with just two receivers – Eddie Royal and Chad Jackson. Brandon Stokley did not start, but he played his normal role as the third receiver.

“Jabar, he is a very integral part of our offense, for sure,” quarterback Kyle Orton said. “He is kind of a calming factor for the entire unit. We will hopefully get him back as soon as possible and get his presence on the field.”

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