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Broncos QB has missed four games

DENVER -- Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer expects to play
against San Diego this week after testing his broken left foot in
practice Monday and experiencing no problems.

Plummer, who has missed four games with the foot and a shoulder
injury, made it through every drill and worked with the first team
without any problems. A recent X-ray showed that the bone had grown
back, but Plummer said it was still quite sore.

"It's a tolerance thing now," Plummer said. "It's going to be
painful for a few weeks. But when you're out in a game and the
adrenalin kicks in, hopefully I won't feel it at all."

Plummer didn't lean into any throws early and even switched to
more comfortable shoes, but he was backpedaling and planting
without favoring his foot during full team drills.

"If I run and I'm on the inside of my foot it feels great, but
if I have to plant on the outside and that's the first part that
hits there's a little tenderness," he said. "But I'll work
through that and it should be fine."

Plummer also didn't show any signs of lingering problems with
his shoulder, which he separated against San Diego on Sept. 14 and
aggravated three weeks later. He threw hard on the shorter routes
and let loose on a couple of long passes to Ashley Lelie and Rod
Smith.

"It's tender. It's one of those deals it gets warmed up as the
throws go during practice," he said. "I'm not going to say it's
pain-free. There's a little bit of tightness in there the first few
throws, but as practice went on it felt great."

Plummer hasn't played since Oct. 5 against Kansas City. He
didn't play the following week against Pittsburgh after re-injuring
his shoulder, then broke his foot getting up off the couch the next
day.

Steve Beuerlein replaced Plummer against the Steelers, but he's
out for the season after breaking a finger against Minnesota Oct.
19. Denver lost that game and the next two with Danny Kanell as the
starter to head into its bye last week 5-4 after a 4-1 start with
Plummer.

"Anytime you get your starter back it's good for morale,
especially after the bye week and the way we've been playing,"
Kanell said. "It's going to be huge boost for our team to get him
back out on the field."