Aug 5, 2011 12:59 AM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Rumors of Kyle Orton's departure have gotten nearly as much mileage as the Toyota Prius the Broncos quarterback drives.
Looks like it's time to hit the brakes.
Orton continues to practice exclusively with the first team at Denver's training camp, while backup Tim Tebow, the anticipated challenger for the starting job, has yet to run a single play behind the No. 1 offensive line. Team periods often consist of the offense broken up into two offensive groups.
The regulars go to one field, the reserves another. Orton and third-string QB Brady Quinn lead the former group; Tebow the latter.
That doesn't even take into consideration that Orton has thrown the ball confidently and accurately, and has looked the part of a starting NFL signal-caller much more than either Tebow or Quinn.
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