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Nov 12, 2010 2:06 AM

Broncos defense struggling without Ayers

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The Denver Broncos worked all summer on mastering the machinations of defensive coordinator Don Martindale's system.

And then one fractured foot forced them to forgo all those plans.

With hybrid pass-rusher Robert Ayers sidelined for the last month, the Broncos have scrapped their 3-4 look in favor of their old scheme that features four defensive linemen and three linebackers.

This despite hardly having the personnel for the alignment, which could be a reason the Broncos (2-6) are surrendering a league-high 155 yards rushing a game.

Just when Ayers might be back remains up in the air. He's already been ruled out for Sunday against Kansas City (5-3).

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