Aug 31, 2010 1:23 AM

Orton is as tough as Tebow

DENVER (AP) - Tim Tebow's ill-fated dart into the end zone earlier this month sparked quite the conversation among his devotees and his haters alike: Can the former Florida star survive
in the NFL if he doesn't tone down his bruising running style?

Kyle Orton, for one, was squarely in his corner. The Denver Broncos' starting quarterback said he'd have done the exact same thing as Tebow did.

So, it was no surprise Sunday night when Orton found himself as the last line of defense as Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison was rumbling downfield after picking up a fumble that would be overturned.

Harrison saw Orton go low for the tackle along the sideline and he put his helmet down and hit Orton head on, leaving the quarterback shaken, the Broncos miffed and their fans wondering if this summer-long injury epidemic had claimed yet another key starter.


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