AFC West player of the week

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Spencer Larsen needs to be recognized for the incredible feat that he pulled off Sunday in Atlanta. The Denver rookie started as both fullback and middle linebacker for Denver in its 24-20 win. Larson became the first NFL player in five years to start both ways in a game.

Larsen, a special teams ace, didn't play much at fullback but he did have seven tackles at middle linebacker and he played on kickoff coverage units. For that, he is the AFC West player of the week. The honor had to go to a Broncos player since Denver was the only team in the AFC West to win this week and because there were no ridiculous individual efforts. Larsen is the out-of-the-box choice.

The sixth-round pick rarely practiced at linebacker since training camp. He got a crash course this week because of an injury to Nate Webster. Expect Larsen to continue to play while Webster sits in the next couple weeks. Larsen is a hard-nosed, tough player who's obviously mentally equipped to handle playing both offense and defense. This is a great story, and this kid deserves much kudos for this unique effort.