Moulds takes high road
Broncos' D takes a hit: Losing cornerback Darrent Williams for six weeks with a groin injury is a major blow to the Broncos' defense. "Any time you lose a guy, you expect a guy to step up and get the job done," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "This happens in the National Football League. Obviously any time you lose a starter you wish it didn't happen but it gives a guy an opportunity to go out there show what he can do. We'll have some guys step up and hopefully go out there and get the job done." Williams has been one of the league's most impressive and surprising rookies this season. There was some thought he played so well he would be in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Now, he's out well into the playoffs and that could leave the Broncos vulnerable to passing offenses such as the Colts and the Bengals.
Pats' O-line worries, Part I: The Patriots' decision to sign veteran center-guard Ross Tucker to a one-year, $540,000 is a sign that the Patriots have some more injury worries along the offensive line. Left tackle Matt Light is probably done for the year, and replacement Nick Kaczur is banged up. Swing tackle Tom Ashworth filled in for Kaczur on Sunday and might have to do the same Saturday against the Bucs. If the Patriots need another tackle, they could take guard Logan Mankins and move him to tackle, opening a spot for a guard to move into the starting lineup.