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The Morning After: Preseason Week 2

Posted Aug 21, 2011

Injuries were a tough part of Saturday's win, the kickers put on a show and Britt Davis caught his first touchdown.


DENVER -- Head Coach John Fox's first win in Denver was filled with highlights, but there was one lowlight -- injuries reared their head in Saturday night's preseason game.

The first came on a scary moment when Rahim Moore went to dislodge a ball from Buffalo receiver Donald Jones near the Bills' sideline.

Moore was flagged for unneccessary roughness on the play, which left Jones motionless on the ground for a few minutes.

"I mean no harm to anybody," Moore said after the game. "I’m not trying to injure anybody’s career or make them not play anymore. It is just that my reaction is to see ball, find ball, get ball. The play we had – I couldn’t get to the ball so I had no choice other than to retaliate and do what I did. At the end of the day, I’m praying for the guy and I want him to be able to make it through the season. I hope that he’s fine."

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey said "there were no serious injuries out of the night. Guys will miss for a while, but they're going to eventually be fine."

That included running back Johnny White, who was involved in the other scary impact on the Bills' side of the ball.

On a run, Mario Haggan wrapped White up in the backfield, spinning him to the ground, but his head hit first.

After being tended to by trainers from both teams for some time, White was carted off the field on a stretcher.

"It's always a tough feeling because that's someone's son, probably someone's father, husband, boyfriend, so you never want to see anyone in that situation because that could be any one of us at any point," Haggan said. "So you just hope we can play the game clean and make hard hits without guys going down."

Haggan himself left the game with a shoulder injury, but while he'll have to wait to hear the diagnosis, he said he hopes to be back at practice Monday.

The more serious injury for the Broncos happened when David Bruton squared to make a tackle with his head down, and stayed on the ground after the collision.

He was taken to the hospital for further examination after what was deemed a head injury. We will keep you updated on his condition as we get more information.

KICKING EXHIBITION

Sorry, kick returners. Sports Authority Field at Mile High doesn't seem like a venue to showcase your skills.

In 2010, 56.8 percent of all kickoffs in Denver resulted in touchbacks. And that was when they originated from the 30-yard line.

Granted, it's a very small sample size, but so far in 2011 100 percent of kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks.

"You still have to hit it well," Steven Hauschka said. "Definitely the altitude gives you a little bit extra distance. You just try to hit it solid and get it out the back of the end zone.”

Between the Bills and Broncos, there were eight kickoffs and eight touchbacks in Saturday night's 24-10 Broncos win.

But those weren't the only impressive kicking numbers to come out of the preseason matchup.

Matt Prater added a 49-yard field goal, and Britton Colquitt averaged 59 yards on four punts, including a long of 62. Only three players in NFL history have had a higher gross punting average in a regular-season game.

So while the result of the game didn't count, the kicking exhibition put on by the Broncos special teams unit was still impressive.

But Hauschka warned not to expect touchbacks every time the ball is teed up.

“There will be – it might not be until October, November, December or something like that on a cold and windy day," he said of seeing a kick return in Denver. "When you’re kicking into the wind, you still have to hit it to get it through the end zone. It’s just a matter of time until a kicker mishits it, hits a low linedrive or has to kick into the wind and doesn’t crush it. It’s just a matter of time.”

DAVIS GETS HIS TURN

The preseason is all about competition.

Position battles across the roster might make for some heated rivalries on the practice field -- but not so come game time.

"We compete in so many other ways, but when its game day we know how hard each other works on the practice field," Britt Davis said. "Competition is good, but when its game day you like to see guys rewarded."

On Saturday, it was Davis' turn to be rewarded.

With the Broncos ahead 17-3 and Brady Quinn under center, Davis beat his man to the end zone by about 10 yards, and Quinn found him in stride with a touchdown pass.

"It was a good play," Quinn said. "The line gave me time, Britt did a great job getting open, so everything ended up working out."

Being so open, was Davis worried he might drop the first touchdown pass of his NFL career?

"No, I was just thinking about dunking the ball in the goalpost," he said. And that's exactly what he did after the 24-yard score.

As for the significance of his first "unofficial-official" touchdown, as Davis put it, it's a reflection of the work he has put in.

"It means that everything that I’ve been doing in practice and all of last year – it’s showing that I’m getting better," said Davis, who mentioned he has learned a lot by watching Brandon Lloyd. "I’m constantly progressing, working on my craft and that is the most important thing – to get better day in and day out."

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