Sports - Denver Broncos

Nov 11, 2010 4:05 AM

Banged up Orton returns from bye week

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Kyle Orton's sore right shoulder is testament to the Denver Broncos' one-dimensional offense. He'd like better balance and more equilibrium over the season's second half.

Orton has piled up the passing yards this season, putting him on pace to challenge Dan Marino's NFL record of 5,084 set more than a quarter-century ago.

He's also on pace to get sacked a career-high 42 times.

Orton's been hit a lot lately, a result of the Broncos' imbalance, penchant for penalties and repulsive ground game. In his last outing, San Francisco linebacker Manny Lawson drove him to the Wembley Stadium turf, jamming his throwing shoulder and bruising his ribs.

He's not sure he could have played last week had the Broncos not been on a bye.

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