Locker Room Buzz: Denver Broncos

DENVER -- Observed in the locker room after the Denver Broncos' 45-21 win over the Washington Redskins:

Battered and bruised: Broncos right tackle Orlando Franklin was limited in practice all week. Limited meant he was limping through drills at times with an ankle injury that kept him out of last Sunday's loss against the Colts. But he started and played through the Broncos' win Sunday, even though the struggle was evident at times. “You could tell he was hurting there a couple times in the game, but he stayed in there, but a real credit to him answering the bell and a real credit to his toughness,’’ quarterback Peyton Manning said.

Big man’s game: Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, all 335 pounds of him, had his second sack of the season in the second quarter when he dragged down Robert Griffin III on a first-and-10 play. In the fourth quarter it was Knighton who crashed down on Griffin, forcing him to throw an interception. The play knocked Griffin out of the game. “I guess I wanted to show the big guys are athletes, too.’’

Taking responsibility: Manning wouldn’t use the word “frustrated” when describing his two third-quarter turnovers -- a fumble recovered at the Broncos' 19-yard line and an interception returned for a score -- that resulted in two Redskins touchdowns in the span of 1 minute, 31 seconds. “I say 'determined' is probably the word, to overcome those mistakes, and you don’t do it by pressing and forcing things, you do it by going about your business and doing your job.’’

Finally: Sporting a cowboy hat while still in uniform, Broncos linebacker Von Miller was more than happy to recount a day that included his first sack of the season since his return from a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. “We haven’t remotely scratched the surface of what we can be,’’ Miller said. “... But I always want to make those plays.’’