Broncos to Stick With Orton; Despite missing practice with a sore arm

The Broncos may have more reason for a starting quarterback controversy, as starter Kyle Orton didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a “sore arm.” Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reported that Orton says his arm is fine, that he’s just “sore” after 13 games of a long season, but the Broncos appear to be treading lightly with their starter.

Orton, who exited the loss in Arizona with sore ribs that almost caused him to leave the game, did not throw a pass during the open period of today’s practice. Rookie Tim Tebow appeared poised to take more of the work in practice. Orton also did little during the team’s stretching period, beyond some light jogging. Orton was receiving treatment on his ribs today.

Interim coach Eric Studesville re-affirmed earlier today that Orton would be his starter Sunday. He said Orton, who took a heavy shot in the ribs late in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals, wasn’t anymore injured than many other players.

Tim Tebow remains a QB in waiting for a team going nowhere.

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