Broncos lose promising rookie receiver

Updated: August 13, 2006, 8:04 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Broncos rookie wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who has had a sensational camp, will miss a couple of weeks with a torn knee ligament.

Marshall, a fourth-round selection out of Central Florida, strained his right knee in the Broncos' exhibition loss at Detroit on Friday night. Both he and coach Mike Shanahan expressed confidence the injury wasn't serious.

An exam over the weekend showed a slight tear in the posterior cruciate ligament, Shanahan said Sunday.

"He should be back in a couple weeks," Shanahan said. "You don't worry about things that you have no control over. He is going to have to work his hardest to get back into shape. He has had 30 practices, so he has a good feel for the system. Hopefully, he can get back pretty quickly and get ready for that last preseason game."

Other Broncos who got dinged up Friday include: running back Ron Dayne (toe), who is expected to return to practice Monday; linebacker Patrick Chukwurah (ankle); and fullback Cecil Sapp (groin/hamstring).

Shanahan reiterated he was particularly pleased with the play of two rookies: top draft pick Jay Cutler and tight end Tony Scheffler, a fourth-rounder.

Cutler, the 11th pick in the draft out of Vanderbilt, was 16-of-22 for 192 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 20-13 loss to the Lions.

"He played well and had a good game. I think the offensive line did a good job of protecting him. He was very poised," Shanahan said. "There were very base defenses and very base offenses on both sides of the ball. For his first game in the National Football League, I was very pleased. A lot of defenses just play vanilla defense, but he played very well.

"Regardless of whatever type of defense it is, you just have to go out there and do it. It was a pretty good first game."

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