Broncos' Bell: Can you hear me now?

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- The lone bright spot for Denver Sunday night has been tailback Tatum Bell.

He is trying to keep Denver in the game. Bell broke a 37-yard run early in the third quarter to cut San Diego's lead to 24-13. Bell scored Denver's other touchdown on a 26-yard carry in the first quarter. He has 86 yards in seven carries.

Bell is Denver's eighth tailback. The Broncos have put seven tailbacks on the injured reserve.
Bell was signed as an emergency option in November. After three more Denver tailbacks went down, Bell became the starter this week.

Denver traded Bell in March 2007 to Detroit. The Lions cut him in September. Bell was managing a cell phone kiosk in a Denver area mall when Denver signed him. Sunday night, he is the only Bronco making a difference.

Meanwhile, it was just announced that San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates has an ankle injury and he is questionable to return.