Broncos' Larsen Becomes a 60-Minute Man

JJ Cooper

by JJ Cooper

The Broncos have seen injuries wreck their backfield, while ineptness has ripped apart the Broncos' defense and forced the team to keep trying different combinations to try to find something that will work.

But all of that chaos has helped Spencer Larsen become a rare-breed: the rookie started at both fullback and linebacker against the Broncos. Because of injuries to the team's top three tailbacks, the Broncos had to start fullback Peyton Hills at tailback, which meant Larsen--the team's backup fullback, got his first NFL start.

Larsen was drafted out of Arizona in the sixth-round last spring as a linebacker/special teams standout. But in training camp he split time between linebacker and fullback before the team eventually moved him over to fullback full-time.

That only lasted a couple of weeks though, as injuries at linebacker, where Boss Bailey is on IR and Nate Webster and D.J. Williams were out on Sunday, forced the team to give Larsen a start at his old inside linebacker position as well.

Larsen became the first player to start both ways since Baltimore's Orlando Brown pulled off the two-fer in 2003. If Larsen wanted any tips on how to do it, he could have asked teammate Champ Bailey, who played both ways at Georgia in college and briefly during his NFL career.

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