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Monday, October 20, 2008
Broncos offense loses two targets, gets Royal back


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The NFL's third-ranked pass offense will have to manage without two of their more dangerous targets, but one of them is back.

Eddie Royal, their second-leading receiver with 30 catches and 321 yards, is back on the field after an ankle injury held him out of last week's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jay Cutler will not have receiver Brandon Stokley or tight end Tony Scheffler in his huddle. Both are inactive and in street clothes.

Stokley is out because he suffered against Jaguars. Stokley has 16 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his past three games.

Scheffler has a groin injury. He has 16 catches for 259 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Also out for the Broncos with a groin injury is leading rusher Selvin Young, who has 266 yards and one touchdown. But Michael Pittman is coming off a 109-yard performance and has scored a team-high four touchdowns.