Orton named starter; Richard Quinn waived/injured

Broncos head coach John Fox announced earlier this afternoon that Kyle Orton will be the Broncos' starting quarterback when Denver hosts Oakland on MNF on September 12. Only weeks after the team tried to deal Orton to Miami and presumably hand the starting job to Tim Tebow, Orton is now the clear-cut starter, while Tebow is battling with Brady Quinn for the Broncos' backup job.

The team has also announced that third-year TE and former second-rounder Richard Quinn has been designated as waived/injured. If Quinn clears waivers, he will be placed on IR tomorrow and remain the Broncos' property. Quinn is only due the third-year minimum of $525K and was expected back to health in a matter of weeks - so why would the Broncos announce that he'll be back if he clears waivers, and why wouldn't they just put him on IR? My guess at this point is that the team wanted to place him on IR but Quinn perhaps refused? As a non-vested veteran, Quinn could not be placed on IR prior to initial cutdowns without first clearing waivers.

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