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Denver is shaking mad over Cutler

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It's official: Denver Broncos fans have not forgiven Jay Cutler for his role in his departure from the Broncos this offseason.

Cutler was booed vigorously. It was so bad, Cutler couldn't hear the calls being relayed to him. Fans were stomping their feet when Cutler took the field, causing Invesco Field at Mile High to shake.

Cutler appeared to be affected by the reception early. But he did settle down and perform fairly well.

Denver quarterback Kyle Orton had to leave the game with a bloody index finger on his right hand, which is his throwing hand. With backup Chris Simms out for 2-4 weeks with an ankle injury, the only backups currently behind Orton are rookie Tom Brandstater and newly signed Ingle Martin.

Before he was injured, Orton wasn't perfect, but he seems to be calming down some. Orton will never be special, but if he can manage coach Josh McDaniels' system, he can be somewhat effective.

Denver receiver Jabar Gaffney has a broken thumb, according to the Denver Post. He will likely be out several weeks. Gaffney was starting for Denver with top receiver Brandon Marshall out because of a team suspension.

Guard Chris Kuper suffered what appeared to be either a knee or ankle injury. Kuper is an underrated player and a big part of Denver's strong offensive line. His loss would hurt. Rookie Seth Olsen replaced him.

Denver's defense looked decent. It provided solid pressure and it was very active.

Elvis Dumervil was all over Cutler. Dumervil is really adjusting well to the 3-4 defense. He is now a rush linebacker after starting his career as a defensive end. Dumervil could be primed for a good year.

Safety Brian Dawkins looked solid in his first preseason game after suffering a broken hand.

The official for the game is Ed Hochuli. He is famous for making a bad call that helped Denver win over San Diego last season. Hochuli has also officiated a Chargers' game this preseason.