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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Denver Broncos

By Jeff Legwold

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Observed in the locker room after the Denver Broncos 51-48 win against the Dallas Cowboys:

Manning
Don’t tell: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said, in order to get everyone else on offense to sell it as a business-as-usual run play, he didn’t tell anyone, either in the huddle or on the sideline, that he planned to run the naked bootleg for a 1-yard touchdown just before halftime. He made the decision as soon the Dallas defender covering tight end Julius Thomas went in motion with the tight end. “If you do it every five years, it’s a good tendency-breaker,’’ Manning said.

Battered: The Broncos had a substantial injury report and will have plenty of players to be evaluated Monday. Defensive end Robert Ayers (left shoulder), linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck) -- the Broncos said it was a shoulder injury during the game -- cornerback Chris Harris (concussion), and running back Ronnie Hillman (left ankle), all eventually did not return to the game. Hillman was walking with just a slight limp following the game and was set to return to Denver with his ankle taped.

Get used to it: Broncos safety Rahim Moore has been Manning’s teammate for less the two seasons, but says it would take a lot to surprise him about the future Hall of Famer. “He’s a special player, a special player who makes special plays … He’s done it over and over again.’’

Hit the road: There were plenty of Broncos, coaches included, who noticed just how many Broncos fans had wheeled and dealed themselves into the crowd of 92,758 for the game. Coach John Fox said; “It was surprising, I had our whole team convinced it was us against the whole stadium, and I wasn’t telling the truth.’’