KU­BIAK, ON HIT ON HAR­RIS: “I'LL TAKE MY OPIN­ION TO THE LEAGUE”

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Bron­cos coach Gary Ku­biak said Mon­day that he will sub­mit to the league the hit on corner­back Chris Har­ris to see if war­rants a fine, if not more.

“First off, I’m just so thank­ful Chris is OK,” Ku­biak said. “That’s one of the things that made me feel bet­ter to­day watch­ing the play. Ob­vi­ously, I dis­agreed with the play. But I’ll take my opin­ion to the league and deal with it from that stand­point.”

Late in the sec­ond quar­ter at Ten­nessee, Titans re­ceiver Harry Dou­glas hit Har­ris in the right knee, and left the corner­back reel­ing in pain. Har­ris re­turned to the game, but the hit prompted fel­low corner­back Aqib Talib to pounce on Dou­glas on the next play, spark­ing a brawl and cre­at­ing a wave of strong re­ac­tions from Bron­cos team­mates af­ter­ward.

Af­ter the game, Har­ris said he be­lieved Dou­glas “tried to end my ca­reer.” Talib took it a step fur­ther and threat­ened to “beat his (ex­ple­tive).”

“We got a strong team, we got each other’s back — we bet­ter have each other’s back in this busi­ness and what we do,” Ku­biak said of Talib’s re­ac­tion in the game. “But you also got to be smart. You can’t hurt your team. That’s what I tell our play­ers. That’s what I told Aqib, he un­der­stands that. We can’t put our­self in a po­si­tion where we’re hurting what’s go­ing on on the field.”

San­ders’ cel­e­bra­tion.

Wide re­ceiver Em­manuel San­ders scored the Bron­cos’ only touch­down against the Titans, but he was flagged for his cel­e­bra­tion and it cost the team 15 yards on the en­su­ing kick­off. San­ders threw the foot­ball as if he were a base­ball pitcher.

Ku­biak was irate with San­ders on the field af­ter the play and spoke to him Mon­day about it.

“He was wrong. He knows that. He’s wrong,” Ku­biak said. “I know you can spike the ball and throw the ball and what­ever, but you can’t chore­o­graph some­thing. It was my un­der­stand­ing that he chore­ographed pitch­ing a base­ball. You can’t do it. You can’t hurt your team.”

RB ques­tions.

The Bron­cos ran for only 18 yards on nine car­ries Sun­day. The run game that ranked fourth in the league en­ter­ing Week 2 now ranks 27th, with 93.8 yards per game. Rookie Devon­tae Booker has strug­gled to carry the load in C.J. An­der­son‘s ab­sence, rais­ing ques­tions about his health af­ter un­der­go­ing two knee surg­eries in the past year.

“I be­lieve in ‘Book.’ I think he’s a good foot­ball player,” Ku­biak said. “He’s work­ing hard. I think he has some big-play abil­ity in him. Ob­vi­ously we have to get some more out of him.”

Ku­biak added that, no mat­ter the is­sue, the Bron­cos need Booker to play well now.

“We have to go,” he said. “It’s crunch-time and every­body has to hun­ker down. Guys are play­ing hurt, nicked up like Trevor (Siemian) yes­ter­day. A lot of guys are play­ing hurt around this league. It’s part of our busi­ness and what we do. You’re right. A lot has been asked of Devon­tae, but he has to step to the plate and keep go­ing.”

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