Broncos taking a risk at QB

October, 22, 2008
10/22/08
6:33
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos' quarterback situation isn't as bad as the Chiefs', but if Jay Cutler does down, it will be.

At this point, Denver isn't planning on bringing in a veteran quarterback to replace backup Patrick Ramsey who is out for the season with an elbow injury he suffered Monday night in Denver's 41-7 loss at New England. Ramsey was hurt when he spelled Cutler while Cutler was out with a finger injury.

Denver is planning on promoting Darrell Hackney from the practice squad and making him the backup. Hackney has no NFL experience. If Cutler were to go down, Denver would clearly be in trouble. It would have one quarterback on the roster and he would have zero experience.

The Broncos, at this point, don't think it's worth bringing in someone and if Cutler gets hurt, Hackney knows the team's system better, anyway.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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