The Broncos Ryan Clady and Jay Cutler were each honored with NFL awards for their performances in Week 14.
Clady was named Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week, the first time an offensive lineman has won the award since it started in 2004. Clady led an offensive line that allowed Cutler to pass for 286 yards and two touchdowns, prevented Kansas City from recording a sack and allowed Denver to total 139 rushing yards in the team’s 24 -17 win over the Chiefs.
Clady is the fourth Bronco to have won the award this season. Eddie Royal has been voted Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week twice. It is the fourth time in the last five weeks that a Denver Rookie has taken home the award.
Cutler was named the FedEx Air Player of the Week for his performance in Week 14. Cutler completed 32 of 40 passing attempts for 286 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
It is the second straight week Cutler has received the honor. He has been named FedEx Air Player of the Week three out of the last five weeks.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan said several players including Champ Bailey, Spencer Larsen and Brandon Stokley will test their injuries prior to Sunday’s game so that they can be evaluated and their playing status can be determined.
As far as naming a starter for the running back position. Shanahan joked that he has been reading the newspapers and that they have a better idea of the team’s gameplan than he does. Shanahan said he and the other coaches have gotten a look at all three tailbacks, Tatum Bell, Cory Boyd and Selvin Young but they still haven’t decided on which one will be the starter.
“We have gotten a chance to evaluate three guys throughout our practices and we will make a decision before the game what direction we are going to go,” he said.
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some photos from today’s practice.