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Could the Broncos be planning to use Brady Quinn?

With the struggles that Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow has gone through the last few weeks of the season, it’s no wonder John Fox and the Denver coaching staff are getting Brady Quinn some reps with the first team offense on Friday. Perhaps they are planning a last minute change at the helm and will give Quinn the start.  If Tebow does struggle they could very well send in Quinn to try and jump start the offense.  Just something else for Dick Lebeau and the Steelers defense to prepare for.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. ” Are the Denver Broncos preparing to surprise the Steelers with a quarterback switch Sunday?

That was the buzz at Denver’s training facility today after word emerged that Tim Tebow had been giving up some first-team practice snaps to backup Brady Quinn, though no one would confirm it. Practice has been off limits to reporters all week.

Tebow will be the Broncos’ starter, coach John Fox made clear again this afternoon. But Fox continued to brush off questions about replacing Tebow with Quinn if Tebow struggles as he did in the team`s final three games, all losses.

“I don’t deal in hypotheticals,” Fox said. “We expect our starters to play well, always.”

He then was asked how he could use Quinn, given that Quinn hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since Dec. 20, 2009, while with the Cleveland Browns.

“He’s on the football team,” Fox said of Quinn, “and everybody on the team’s ready. Like every game, we expect our starters to play well. If for some reason an injury occurs or something happens, then it`s the next man up. That won`t change any more this week than it has all season.”

Tebow speaks to the media only on Wednesdays of a game week, but he appeared to be in excellent spirits after practice and told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a brief discussion, “I’m really looking forward to this.”

Quinn did speak with the media and drew quite a crowd at his stall. He denied that he had taken extra snaps or that  coaches had told him to be prepared to enter Sunday, at least any more than usual.

“No,” Quinn said. “Just trying to stay ready and get guys extra catches in practice.”
Quinn shrugged off his inactivity.

“I`m as ready as you can be,” Quinn said. “Obviously, the backup doesn’t get many reps, if any, so you`ll just try to go out there and do the best you can when you get the opportunity.”

Quinn`s insertion would carry an air of desperation. In four years with the Browns — Denver acquired him via trade in March 2010 — he made only 12 starts and completed 52 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 20 sackes.

Over the final three games, Tebow completed 30 of 73 passes for 439 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. That included a 6-for-22, 60-yard output in the final game against Kansas City, one that prompted Denver`s executive vice president and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway to publicly admonish Tebow to “pull the trigger” and trust his arm.

Also today, Denver announced that starting safety Brian Dawkins will not play because of a neck injury and that starting fullback Spencer Larsen is doubtful because of a knee injury.

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