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Broncos to start Tebow at quarterback

It's officially Tebow Time in Denver.

Coach John Fox said yesterday he will start Tim Tebow against the Dolphins when the Broncos return from their bye week. He supplants Kyle Orton, who has struggled since winning the job with a brilliant training camp. Orton said he was disappointed but vowed to support Tebow.

Replacing Orton at halftime Sunday, Tebow nearly rallied the 1-4 Broncos from a late 26-10 deficit, falling a desperation pass short in a 29-24 loss to San Diego.

Tebow had his troubles -- rust, three fumbled snaps and 4-for-10 passing -- but he ran for a touchdown and threw for one while energizing the Broncos and their fans. Tebow started the final three games last season (going 1-2) after Orton got hurt.

Orton completed 6 of 13 for only 34 yards against the Chargers and threw his seventh interception.

Around the league

The Raiders will honor Hall of Fame owner Al Davis Sunday at their first home game since he died Saturday . . . Browns defensive end Marcus Benard is charged with driving under suspension and reckless operation after crashing his motorcycle Monday. He suffered a broken hand . . . The Jaguars waived Matt Turk two days after his 22-yard punt set up the Bengals' winning touchdown.

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