Broncos lose safety Brandon for season

DENVER -- Broncos safety Sam Brandon is out for the year
after tearing a right knee ligament in Sunday's win at Pittsburgh.

Brandon, who's been used mostly in nickel packages, will
probably have surgery in the next two to three weeks after tearing
the anterior cruciate ligament, said his agent, Michael Hoffman.

The Broncos' defense was decimated in the 31-20 victory. Defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban (thigh) and Patrick Chukwurah (hamstring strain) and linebacker Ian Gold (hamstring strain) all had medical tests Monday. Coach Mike Shanahan said the results won't be revealed until Wednesday.

Safeties Nick Ferguson and John Lynch had CT scans for
concussions and both came back negative.

"I can't ever remember losing as many guys on one side of the
football," Shanahan said.

Cornerback Darrent Williams and receiver Rod Smith also
separated shoulders during the game. Shanahan didn't know how long
the two starters would be out.

Denver (6-2) plays at Oakland next Sunday.