Broken foot sidelines Broncos QB Plummer

Updated: October 16, 2003, 3:38 AM ET

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer will be sidelined at least three weeks due to a broken bone in his left foot, the team announced Wednesday.

Plummer missed last week's 17-14 victory over Pittsburgh with a shoulder injury. He injured the foot in a loss to Kansas City on October 5 and aggravated it Monday night.

"I got up off the couch and felt a little pop in my foot," Plummer said. "It actually just felt almost like a little bit of a strain. I felt it was maybe just a strain of the ligament. ... As the day went (Tuesday), it got worse and worse and it started clicking. I got in here this morning and it was obvious that it wasn't better at all."

Steve Beuerlein will start for the second straight week when the Broncos visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Beuerlein went 1-2 as a starter last year, defeating the Arizona Cardinals and losing in overtime to Indianapolis and San Diego.

Plummer, in his first year with the Broncos after six seasons as Arizona's starter, received a pain-killer before Sunday's game that would have allowed him to play in case Beuerlein was injured. Danny Kanell was the third quarterback.

Asked if the team planned to sign another quarterback, coach Mike Shanahan said, "There are a lot of possibilities, but anytime that you have a quarterback like Jake that is injured for about four weeks, you have to cut somebody to bring somebody else in. It is not like he is lost for the season."

A second-round pick in 1997 out of Arizona State, Plummer has completed 80 of his 131 attempts for 903 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions this season. He has rushed for 199 yards and a TD on 18 carries.

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