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Broncos' Tebow to start

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It's officially Tebow Time in Denver. Coach John Fox said Tuesday he'll start quarterback Tim Tebow against the Dolphins when the Broncos return from their bye week.

Tebow supplants Kyle Orton, who has struggled since winning the starting job with an impressive training camp.

"I think 1-4 (Denver's record) has a lot to do with it," Fox said. "We haven't gotten it done as a football team. It's not one guy. It's not all Kyle Orton's fault. But we … have to do something to win football games."

Tebow, who will start Oct. 23 at Miami, said he was "honored" and "very excited. … I just know that every day I'm going to come out here and practice every day I can."

Orton said he was disappointed but would support Tebow and his other teammates. "I'm disappointed with everything," he said. "I wish I could have played better. I wish we had a better record. There's a lot of things, but reality is what it is."

Replacing Orton at halftime Sunday against the Chargers, Tebow nearly led Denver back from a 16-point deficit, falling a desperation pass short in a 29-24 loss. He had problems — three fumbled snaps and six misfires in 10 passing attempts — but he ran for a touchdown and threw for one while energizing the Broncos and fans frustrated by a team that last had a winning season in 2005.

Orton continued a puzzling slide when he went 6-for-13 for 34 yards and threw his seventh interception, tied with Michael Vick and Philip Rivers for most in the league.

browns de charged in crash: Browns defensive end Marcus Benard was driving "at a high rate of speed" and crossed four lanes before crashing his motorcycle into a guardrail near Cleveland, a police report says. Benard, 26, was thrown an estimated 241 feet after slamming his Can-Am Spyder into a guardrail on Interstate 71 Monday after practice. Benard, who broke a hand, has been charged with driving with a suspended license and reckless operation. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said he remained hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic.

owners meetings: Owners agreed to play regular-season games in Britain through 2016 during meetings in Houston. No venues, dates or teams were decided. The Bucs play the Bears on Oct. 23 in London, the fifth straight year the NFL has held an October game there. Also, owners set the date for the first outdoor Super Bowl in cold weather: Feb. 2, 2014, at the New Jersey Meadowlands.

Jaguars: Punter Matt Turk was waived two days after his 22-yard punt set up Cincinnati's winning touchdown. Free agent Nick Harris was signed to replace him.

Jets: The team agreed to trade receiver Derrick Mason to the Texans for an undisclosed draft pick, according to media reports. The role of Mason, 37, was greatly diminished in a 30-21 loss at New England on Sunday; rookie Jeremy Kerley mostly filled his No. 3 spot.

Vikings: A Ramsey County, Minn., panel rejected a countywide vote next year on a proposed sales tax hike to help build a new stadium in suburban St. Paul. The Vikings had complained that putting the half-cent tax hike before voters would delay the project by two years and add at least $110 million to the $1 billion proposal.

Schlichter plea: Ex-Ohio State and Colts quarterback Art Schlichter pleaded guilty in Columbus, Ohio, to federal fraud charges stemming from a million-dollar ticket scheme. Plea agreements call for Schlichter, 51, to serve about 10 years in prison. Authorities say Schlichter, whose career was derailed by a gambling addiction, defrauded more than 50 people in the scheme that began in 2008 and used the money to pay debts.

Broncos' Tebow to start 10/11/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:43am]
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