Broncos’ Orton, Dolphins’ Brown injure ankles

Quarterback Kyle Orton sat out the second half of the Denver Broncos’ 27-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday with an injured left ankle and was unsure whether he’ll be able to play next week.

Orton came up hobbling after being tackled on a third-down scramble right before halftime. He was on the sideline during the second half, his ankle heavily taped.

“I was hoping to come back out, and I just wasn’t able to,” said Orton, who was 11 for 18 for 193 yards and two long touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall.

Orton said he tried a few practice throws coming out of halftime, but then told coach Josh McDaniels he wouldn’t be able to play. Orton said after the game it was too soon to say whether he would be able to play against the San Diego Chargers next Sunday.

“I’m not going to sit here and talk about it,” he said.

Miami running back Ronnie Brown was also uncertain of his status after injuring his right ankle in the third quarter of the Dolphins’ 25-23 victory against Tampa Bay.

Brown, on crutches after the game, limped off the field assisted by teammates and later hobbled to the locker room, where he watched the end of the game.

“We took X-rays. We’ll wait to see what happens,” Brown said. “I don’t think it’s too bad.”


 • Philadelphia running back Brian Westbrook left the Eagles’ 31-23 loss at San Diego after another concussion. His last carry was during the opening drive of the second half.

Westbrook missed the previous two games with a concussion.

 • Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu reinjured his left knee early in the Steelers’ 18-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Polamalu was undergoing an MRI exam.

 • Cedric Benson, the Bengals’ rushing leader, was pulled during the second quarter with an unspecified hip injury, returned for one series, then left the game.

 • Atlanta lost running back Michael Turner to a sprained right ankle in the second quarter of a 28-19 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Turner rolled the ankle when he was tackled at the end of a 10-yard run that gave him 111 yards on just nine carries. He took off his shoe and walked around before heading inside.

 • Carolina lost left tackle Jordan Gross to a broken right ankle midway through the second quarter. Gross was blocking when a Falcons player fell into his leg, which bent awkwardly.

 • Jacksonville wide receiver Jarrett Dillard broke his right ankle after a 7-yard catch on the first play of the second quarter in the Jaguars’ 24-22 win over the New York Jets. Coach Jack Del Rio said it was a season-ending injury.

 • Jaguars safety Rashean Mathis strained a leg midway through the fourth quarter, and Del Rio said he would be evaluated today.

 • Jets safety Jim Leonhard left briefly after injuring his right thumb on Maurice Jones-Drew’s 33-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

 • Detroit lost right guard Stephen Peterman to a leg injury in the third quarter of a 27-10 loss to Minnesota.

Also, Marquand Manuel, starting at safety after Louis Delams was held out due to an infected tooth and jaw, left earlier in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Jack Williams hurt his knee on the same play.

 • Cowboys starting right tackle Marc Colombo broke his left leg in the first quarter of Dallas’ 17-7 loss at Green Bay.