AFC West: Ebezener Ekuban

A look at the Broncos' free agents

January, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We will look at each team in the AFC West's free agent standing. We will do in alphabetical order starting with Denver

Key unrestricted free agents: Defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban; quarterback Patrick Ramsey; running back Michael Pittman. The Broncos are in pretty good shape. There are no real pressing needs but the team would like Ramsey back.

Key restricted free agents: Backup offensive lineman Erik Pears.

Dream free agent match: Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The Broncos need a dominant force on the defensive front. Haynesworth is the premier player available.

Broncos DE wins media honor

December, 24, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Denver Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban was honored by the Denver media Wednesday.

Ekuban was named the 2008 recipient of the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award.

The award was given for cooperation with the media. Ekuban has a reputation for being available for interviews nearly on a daily basis. Even after Denver's toughest losses, Ekuban is  available to discuss the situation.

The award is named after Williams, the former Denver starting right cornerback. Williams was shot and killed in Denver after hosting a New Year's Eve party in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2007.

Williams was always an available, affable interview in his two years in Denver. I covered the Broncos during both of Williams' season and I never remember Williams turning down an interview request. His words were always provocative and expansive.

Last year, former Denver safety John Lynch won the first Darrent Williams Good Guy award.

Chiefs, Broncos injury update

December, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here's a Chiefs-Broncos injury update ahead of Sunday's game in Denver:

Denver linebacker D.J. Williams took a step backward and cornerback Champ Bailey didn't make any progress Thursday. Williams was limited in his participation Thursday after he practiced fully the day before. Williams has missed four games with a knee injury.

Bailey continued to be limited. It is unlikely Denver will play Bailey unless he practices fully. With the Broncos on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs, so they likely won't push Williams or Bailey.

Meanwhile, defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban practiced on a limited basis after he didn't practice Wednesday with a back issue. Safety Marlon McCree, who has missed several games, practiced on a limited basis Thursday. He has an ankle injury.

In Kansas City, the only significant change was that receiver Mark Bradley didn't practice with a calf injury. He wasn't on the injury list Wednesday. Bradley has been one of the Chiefs' best offensive players at times this season.

Jaguars may not get Royal treatment

October, 10, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Broncos are preparing as if rookie receiving sensation Eddie Royal may not play Sunday against visiting Jacksonville.

Royal practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day after suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter of Denver's 16-13 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.  He did not return and he departed the stadium on crutches. Royal did not practice Wednesday.

If Royal doesn't play, veteran Brandon Stokley and Darrell Jackson are expected to play extensively. The Denver offense, one of the most explosive in the NFL, is already not at full strength going into the game.

Tight end Tony Scheffler (groin) and running back Selvin Young (groin) both aren't going to face Jacksonville. Both could be ready for Denver's Monday night Football game at New England on Oct. 20, which is Denver's final game before the bye.

Nate Jackson will replace Scheffler and Michael Pittman will get the primary carries for Denver. If Denver quarterback Jay Cutler is missing Royal in addition to Scheffler and Young, he will have to rely heavily on No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall.

Marshall has been getting doubled-teamed in recent games in light of his 18-catch performance against San Diego in Week. 2. Marshall will have to find ways of getting open without Royal if he doesn't play.

Expect Cutler to look for Stokley often. He has 13 catches in the past two games and is one of Cutler's favorite targets.

Meanwhile, defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban is listed as questionable with a groin injury. He practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Friday.

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