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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Second quarter: Broncos 9, Cowboys 3

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Broncos have a 9-3 heading into halftime in the preseason opener at Cowboys Stadium.

Highlights:

Second unit comes in: The Cowboys opened the second quarter with their second offensive unit, led by quarterback Jon Kitna. The offensive line was as follows: RT Tyron Smith, RG Pepa Letuli, C Phil Costa, LG David Arkin, LT Jermey Parnell. Kitna completed his first pass to tight end John Phillips, but the possession ended in a punt. Kitna was on the field for two possessions and didn't register any points and didn't convert any third downs.

McGee gets in, too: No. 3 quarterback Stephen McGee entered with 6:59 to play in the first half. On his first play, he rolled to his right and instead of passing to an open Martin Rucker, he took off and ran for seven yards. McGee got hit out of bounds to draw a penalty. Lonyae Miller got his chance to take over the running game with Felix Jones on the bench. He couldn't find much room to run behind a second unit that had no veterans on the offensive line. Smith struggled to pick up the blitz as safety Kyle McCarthy came flying off the edge. John Phillips released to go for a pass and Smith didn't move over to pick him up. It led to McGee getting sacked. The only turnover of the half came when McGee fired a pass toward Jesse Holley that was intercepted. It looked like Holley was running a slant, but either the throw was to far or Holley didn't get off quick enough.

Injuries: Safety Danny McCray injured his left arm when Denver's Tim Tebow was scrambling deep in Cowboys' territory. McCray was hit on the blind side as he tried to get Tebow. While Tebow was running around, cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was smashed by a clean hit from Matthew Willis.

Notes: With 13:23 to play in the second quarter, the Cowboys Stadium super big screen and it's digital screens went down for about 30 seconds. ... Before the game, as part of the NFL's plan to give thanks to the fans due to the lockout, 90 fans received autographed jersey from the Cowboys. Each player stood at midfield and either hugged or shook the fans' hands.