Nor­wood on his muffed punt: “It’s a tough play that I’ve got to make”

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The Bron­cos needed only four plays Sun­day to record their first turnover of the day and bring back mem­o­ries of their painful over­time loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Novem­ber.

Af­ter a three-and-out by the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, punter Ryan Allen booted the ball 38 yards, prompt­ing Jor­dan Nor­wood to run up­field to re­ceive it, this time, he hoped, with­out fum­bling.

He had al­ready done so twice against the Chiefs and lost his job as the Bron­cos’ lead­ing punt re­turner to Kalif Ray­mond as a re­sult. But Sun­day, Nor­wood got a do-over.

“I wanted Jor­dan up,” Bron­cos coach Gary Ku­biak said. “That was my de­ci­sion. Jor­dan plays in three-wide sets for us and does a good job. Jor­dan has done a lot of good things around here for this foot­ball team. We were do­ing a lot of no-hud­dle and a lot of stuff like that, so that’s why he was up.”

But the re­sult was the same. Nor­wood bob­bled Allen’s punt, the Pa­tri­ots re­cov­ered and soon af­ter kicked a 45yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

“I think it was a bad punt on the punter’s part, so I tried to get there and fair-catch it,” Nor­wood said.

Joe Amon, The Den­ver Post

Jor­dan Nor­wood fum­bles dur­ing the first quar­ter Sun­day.

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