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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Broncos halftime thoughts

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here are some Broncos halftime notes as they trail Cleveland, 20-10:

Brandon Marshall looks distracted. He has dropped passes and he has run the wrong routes. Jay Cutler doesn't look overly sharp, but Marshall has helped out that perception with some uncharacteristically sloppy play.

The Broncos are using a spread offense with Cutler in the shotgun because they don't have any running backs. They are down to fullback Peyton Hillis at running back. Starter Ryan Torain is out with a leg injury. Backup Selvin Young is not healthy yet because of a groin injury. Michael Pittman and Andre Hall were put on injured reserve this week. Denver is in bad shape at running back if Torain's injury is serious.

Speaking of bad injury situations, now all three of Denver's starting linebackers are injured. Middle linebacker Nate Webster is out with a knee injury. He is not expected back. Strongside linebacker Boss Bailey is out for the year with a knee injury and weakside linebacker D.J. Williams will be out for the next month with a knee injury. Left cornerback Champ Bailey is out for a month with a groin injury and safety Marlon McCree is out with an ankle injury. This defense is just not talented enough to withstand these injuries.