It seems more than ever that Kyle Orton will be a no-go for Denver Sunday, as Friday he missed a third consecutive practice due to a sprained left ankle. Reports say that Orton has only an outside chance of playing Sunday when the Broncos and San Diego Chargers meet with first place in the AFC West on the line.
Broncos backup Chris Simms again took first-team practice repetitions, as he has all week in the absence of Orton, who was injured during last week’s 27-17 loss at Washington.
Simms is in line to make his first start since September 2006, when he suffered a life-threatening spleen injury while with Tampa Bay. Listed as questionable, Orton will be put through a workout before Sunday’s game and how he performs will determine whether he plays, coach Josh McDaniels said Friday.
“If Kyle is completely able to do what we’re going to ask him to do in the game plan, and can do it at a level that allows us to be successful, then we could give him an opportunity to play,” McDaniels said. “If he’s not capable of playing at that level, or doing some of the things that we need him to be able to do, then you go with the guy who practiced.”