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Monday, October 11, 2010
Robert Ayers' injury will hurt Denver

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Denver Post is reporting that Denver linebacker Robert Ayers is out for 2-3 months with a broken foot.

This is a blow for Denver. Ayers, the No. 18 overall pick in 2009, was the Bronco’s best pass rusher with linebacker Elvis Dumervil out for the season with a chest injury.

Expect Denver to scour the waiver wire for help at outside linebacker, but there is little available. Also, safety Brian Dawkins is out for the next 2-3 weeks. Dawkins is Denver’s leader and the loss will also hurt the team.

The Chargers announced left tackle Marcus McNeill has been activated. It was expected since he had to spend three games on the roster exempt list after ending his holdout. Cornerback Fred Bennett and safety C.J. Spellman were cut.

San Diego coach Norv Turner shot back at a comment made by Tony Dungy with some pretty funny scoreboard material. My take: good for Turner. Defend yourself.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. has a look at how strong Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali has been playing.

The Chargers will not fire special teams coach Steve Crosby, Turner said. The special teams have allowed 30 points on special teams in five games.

The Football Outsiders look at how strong Denver quarterback Kyle Orton has been.