Salaam out two games, QB situation up in the air

Updated: October 20, 2003, 4:52 PM ET

DENVER -- The Denver Broncos expect left tackle Ephraim Salaam to be out for two games due to torn knee cartilage. They still don't know what to do about the quarterback situation.

Denver played Sunday's game against Minnesota without starting quarterback Jake Plummer, who is expected to miss three more weeks with a broken foot. Backup Steve Beuerlein went down in the third quarter with a broken finger and he could be out up to five weeks.

That leaves the Broncos with Danny Kanell as their only healthy quarterback.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he has an idea of who he wants to back up Kanell -- probably Jarious Jackson, Denver's third quarterback last year -- but he's also planning to bring in two or three others in case someone else gets hurt.

Shanahan also said he's weighing whether to wait for Beuerlein to return or place him on injured reserve.

Salaam will have arthroscopic surgery in the next couple of days to repair his right knee for the second time this year. He had surgery in training camp, but was back two weeks later.

Shanahan said he expects Salaam to be back after Denver's bye on Nov. 9.

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