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Friday, September 2, 2011
Breaking down Broncos-Cardinals

By Bill Williamson

Whether John Fox will announce it or not, expect the cries for Tim Tebow to be the backup quarterback to continue.

Tebow outshined Brady Quinn Thursday night in a 26-7 home loss to Arizona.

Quinn, who didn’t play last week, ended his strong summer on a sour note. He was ineffective in the first half as he completed just 4 of 12 passes for 26 yards. He was intercepted once. Tebow, however, was strong as he completed 7 of 11 passes for 116 yards, including a 94-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Tebow and Eron Riley had a nice connection. Riley starred with three catches for 144 yards.

Quinn has been the No. 2 quarterback. Fox is not expected to publicly announce who his backup will be. Perhaps Thursday’s showing will cause Fox to reconsider his ultimate decision.

Overall, it wasn’t a great night for Denver. Its backups were beaten badly. Arizona had 323 yard passing. Denver also had some injuries. Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson appeared to suffer an Achilles injury and rookie middle linebacker Nate Irving had a shoulder injury.

Rookie defenders Mike Mohamed and Quinton Carter shined, though. Mohamed had 11 tackles and Carter added eight stops.