Broncos lose promising rookie receiver

DENVER -- Broncos rookie wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who
has had a sensational camp, will miss a couple of weeks with a torn
knee ligament.

Marshall, a fourth-round selection out of Central Florida,
strained his right knee in the Broncos' exhibition loss at Detroit
on Friday night. Both he and coach Mike Shanahan expressed
confidence the injury wasn't serious.

An exam over the weekend showed a slight tear in the posterior
cruciate ligament, Shanahan said Sunday.

"He should be back in a couple weeks," Shanahan said. "You
don't worry about things that you have no control over. He is going
to have to work his hardest to get back into shape. He has had 30
practices, so he has a good feel for the system. Hopefully, he can
get back pretty quickly and get ready for that last preseason

Other Broncos who got dinged up Friday include: running back
Ron Dayne (toe), who is expected to return to practice Monday;
linebacker Patrick Chukwurah (ankle); and fullback Cecil Sapp

Shanahan reiterated he was particularly pleased with the play of
two rookies: top draft pick Jay Cutler and tight end
Tony Scheffler, a fourth-rounder.

Cutler, the 11th pick in the draft out of Vanderbilt, was
16-of-22 for 192 yards and a touchdown in Denver's 20-13 loss to
the Lions.

"He played well and had a good game. I think the offensive line
did a good job of protecting him. He was very poised," Shanahan
said. "There were very base defenses and very base offenses on
both sides of the ball. For his first game in the National Football
League, I was very pleased. A lot of defenses just play vanilla
defense, but he played very well.

"Regardless of whatever type of defense it is, you just have to
go out there and do it. It was a pretty good first game."