CARSON, Calif. — Through four weeks, Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen led the NFL with 452 receiving yards.
But he hadn’t yet faced Broncos cornerback Chris Harris.
In the Broncos’ 20-13 win Sunday over the Chargers, Allen was limited to four catches for 18 yards.
In 79 regular-season/playoff games, it was only the seventh time Allen was held to fewer than 20 yards.
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Asked by a Los Angeles reporter how the Broncos were able to contain Allen, Harris laughed and said, “Come on, man. You know who you’re talking to?”
Harris added: “I know it’s a great challenge every time playing Keenan Allen. It’s always a great battle. After the first half, I was really sticky (in coverage) and made it really tight to throw to him.”
That tight coverage forced Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to go the check-down route. Running back Austin Ekeler had 15 catches.
Bausby carted off. Broncos cornerback De’Vante Bausby had use of his arms and legs after being carted off the field in the second quarter and after a trip to a local hospital, was cleared to fly on the team charter back to Denver.
Bausby collided with inside linebacker Alexander Johnson and was immediately motionless on the turf. He was strapped to a backboard and transported to a local hospital.
Bausby underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a cervical sprain.
“I’m thankful he’s OK,” Johnson said. “Once you find that out, you feel better, but then again, it’s still one of my teammates who is out for the game and couldn’t make plays.”
Rookie linebacker Justin Hollins was in a rotation with Malik Reed until sustaining a sprained knee late in the first half.
Gotsis benched. Showing the status quo wasn’t acceptable, defensive end Adam Gotsis was a healthy scratch, ending his 52-game playing streak to start his career. Mike Purcell was active for the first time since Week 1.
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Gotsis, a free agent after the season, had five tackles in four games.
The other healthy scratches were tight end Troy Fumagalli, receiver Juwann Winfree and new offensive tackle Calvin Anderson. Fumgalli has fallen down the depth chart in favor of Andrew Beck, who played fullback to start the year but can also play tight end and special teams. …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports