Friday Notes: Orton a Father; Starters into the Third Quarter

Kyle Orton

Kyle Orton's wife gave birth to the couple's first child early Friday morning. (PHOTO: MAXDENVER.COM)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It’s the third preseason game, which means the longest appearance for the starters. And no matter what the score or game situation is, it appears the starters will play into the third quarter.

“I like to get them in the habit of coming out of halftime ready to play,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

Beyond that, the biggest question for the Broncos is which quarterback will be under center when the second team goes to work — which is likely to be at some point in the third quarter. Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn split the second-team snaps again on Friday.

Tebow was the No. 2 quarterback against Dallas on Aug. 11, while Quinn was up second against Buffalo on Aug. 20.

Fox said the choice would be a “game-time decision.”

“Even if I did (decide) before the game, I’m not saying,” Fox said with a wry smile.

ORTON RETURNS: Kyle Orton was up throughout the night with his wife as she prepared to give birth to their first child, but was back on the field Friday morning after missing the last half of Thursday’s practice.

Orton’s wife gave birth to a daughter at 3 a.m. Friday. The couple named her Olivia Taylor. Mother and baby are both healthy, Fox said.

“He was probably looking forward to getting (back) here, too. That’s typical of most football players,” Fox said.

BRUTON RUNNING: David Bruton ran some windsprints late in practice, but otherwise did not take part in the session. Fox said is officially a “game-time decision,” but the third-year safety hasn’t practiced all week since suffering a concussion last Saturday and ran his sprints in sunglasses.

HEARING KEEPS COX AWAY: A court date in relation to Perrish Cox’s sexual-assault case prevented Cox from taking part in practice until the last few minutes of the session.

Cox returned to the field after the Douglas County District Court ruled that a hearing scheduled for Friday would be rescheduled for Sept. 16, according to a Denver Post report. That’s two days before the Broncos’ Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fox did not want to get into whether the court issues will impact Cox’s chances of making the 53-man roster, which is to be announced in eight days.

“Perrish Cox had an excused absence today, and we’ll leave it at that,” Fox said.

SETTING THE CAPTAINS: The Broncos’ rotation of team captains for the preseason games continues this weekend. Tight end Daniel Fells and running back Knowshon Moreno are the offensive captains; linebacker Joe Mays and cornerback Andre Goodman are the defensive captains; the special-teams captains are punter Britton Colquitt and linebacker Wesley Woodyard.

ROUNDUP: Linebacker Mario Haggan practiced for a second consecutive day after returning from a shoulder injury, but his repetitions during the team period were limited … Brandon Lloyd practiced after being held out Thursday per a “team decision.”

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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