ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- When it comes to the preseason, the third game is typically the highlight.
With the starters playing up to three quarters, it's as close as it gets to the regular season.
“This will be the most extended play our No. 1s will get," Head Coach John Fox said Wednesday. "I’d prefer they get in the habit of coming out after halftime. How far into the third quarter they get will be based on how far the game’s going."
After Thursday's practice, the head coach admitted he was a little disappointed in the team's performance in a one-point loss to Dallas on Aug. 17, but was more impressed with last week's win at home against Buffalo.
The team is anxious to make an even better impression this Saturday.
“It’s a big game for us,"
FIRST-TEAM REPS AVAILABLE
Fox said the two signal callers performed well in Orton's absence, and it was good practice for situations that could arise in the season.
"There was a little adjustment there after Kyle left, but it’s a next-man-up approach," Fox said. "Whether it’s for personal reasons or for any other reason -- whether you’re second, third, or fourth on the depth chart, you’re one, two or three plays away from being the guy. You’ve always got to be prepared for that. The season brings all kinds of interesting paths, and you’ve got to be ready for them.”
MOORE ON HIS HIT
Last Saturday against the Bills, Moore was flagged for unneccessary roughness after what was deemed a hit on a defenseless receiver.
On Thursday, the rookie again addressed the hit.
"I don’t mean any harm to anybody, and I want to play the game right," he said. "I learned from it, and I learned what to do next time in that situation, and I’m going to move on.”
"We did finalize how to avoid those mistakes and how to learn from them and move on," he said.
“It is the rules, and you’ve got to follow all rules and regulations."
“He’s done well," Fox said of Bruton. "Medically, when he’s cleared, he’ll be back out there. At this point, that’s not the case yet, but he’s recovering nicely."
As for Haggan, Fox said the linebacker is easing back into action.
"It’ll be a game-time decision whether he plays this week or not, but it was a step in the right direction -- the fact that he got to practice.”