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Field of Links: Did the Broncos take the Raiders seriously?

Sep 24, 2013, 9:05 AM PST

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Much like a cat paws at an injured mouse before taking a bite, the Denver Broncos might have been playing games on the sideline before finishing off the Oakland Raiders.

During the fourth quarter of the Broncos 37-21 victory, the running backs were reportedly playing rock-paper-scissors to determine which player would get the ball on the goal line.

USA Today writer Lindsay Jones had the play-by-play.

As the officials deliberated if Hillman had crossed the goal line after a 13-yard gain, Hillman, Moreno and Ball decided to play rock-paper-scissors for which running back would get the goal line carry if the score was overturned. Hillman said Moreno threw down a rock one beat too early and was disqualified, and Hillman’s scissors trumped Ball’s paper. So on the next play, it was Hillman’s touchdown.

Now, this could easily be a joke. It’s highly unlikely Broncos coach John Fox is letting the inmates run the asylum. Do you really think the three running backs in Denver sort out their own playing time? Then again, the Broncos pretty much had the game in hand.

Whether the Broncos were taking the Raiders seriously will remain up for interpretation, but it’s clear that Terrelle Pryor wasn’t messing around. He took a huge hit in the fourth quarter and left the game with a concussion for his troubles. Putting his physical well being on the line in a game that was all but over may not be smart, but it shows how much he cares.

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Unfortunately, Pryor doesn’t remember much of Monday night. He will have to undergo several tests before he is cleared to play in the next game. Matt Flynn entered the game after Pryor.

Both of the Bay Area’s NFL teams are now 1-2 after three weeks. The 49ers don’t have much time to make a change, either. They play the Rams on Thursday night.

Time for some links.

Field of Links:

I like Raiders.

Darnell Dockett likes Silver and Black.

— Did the Dodgers actually pee in the pool at Chase Field?

Donte Whitner thinks that every hard hit will be flagged.

Torres’ absence is about more than the numbers.

Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes is tired of being made fun of for his name.

Pam Anderson got famous running in slow motion on Baywatch. Now she might actually run the N.Y. marathon that way.

— Orioles third baseman Manny Machado’s freak knee injury.

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