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Broncos Briefs: Kyle Fuller’s bad day started on opening drive and didn’t get any better

Broncos Briefs: Kyle Fuller’s bad day started on opening
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PITTSBURGH — Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller’s difficult season continued in Sunday’s 27-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He allowed two long completions and committed a costly penalty.

On the Steelers’ opening drive, Fuller allowed a 23-yard catch by receiver Chase Claypool on third-and-1 and three plays later, a 50-yard touchdown to receiver Diontae Johnson.

“Just got to make a play on the ball,” Fuller said of the touchdown, which Johnson caught at the 15.

Fuller was also called for a 17-yard pass interference penalty in the end zone on third-and-15 from the 18 that led to a Steelers touchdown.

“He had a bad day,” coach Vic Fangio said.

Said Fuller: “(Need a) short memory and just go onto the next week and have a good week of preparation.”

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The Broncos have allowed nine explosive pass completions (gain of at least 16 yards) in the past two games.

“It was a tough game for the secondary in general; I wouldn’t put anything just on Kyle,” safety Justin Simmons said. “As a unit, we can be better. I have the utmost confidence in Kyle. He’s a proven player in the league and he knows what it takes in order to be a winner.”

Miller in zone coverage. Having cut the Steelers’ lead to 10-6 in the second quarter, the Broncos’ defense allowed their longest play from scrimmage this year — a 59-yard catch and run by receiver Chase Claypool.

On the play, outside linebacker Von Miller dropped into zone coverage and Claypool cut in front of him to make the catch.

“I had to be inside a little bit more,” Miller said. “When I let him get inside, he can run all day. I need to be more solid in that coverage. I can do it, especially if it’s one or two plays a game. I can get it done. I didn’t get it done (Sunday).”

Bridgewater starts, finishes. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 24-of-38 passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns, but his final pass was his first interception of the season.

Bridgewater practiced on a limited basis Thursday and was full-go on Friday after sustaining a concussion against Baltimore.

“Once I was cleared and passed all the tests, I was comfortable and confident playing,” he said.

Bridgewater, like the offense, started slowly — he was 6 of 11 for 56 yards in the first half. A product of not getting his usual reps during the week?

“He practiced Thursday and Friday so I didn’t see that as a (reason),” Fangio said.

Footnotes. Baltimore outside linebacker Odafe Oweh was fined $11,457 by the NFL for his non-penalized hit that concussed Bridgewater last week. Safety Chuck Clark was not fined for the hit that injured receiver Diontae Spencer. … Ronald Darby was inactive after being activated from injured reserve (hamstring) to the 53-man roster, likely as insurance in case Patrick Surtain II (chest) couldn’t play. … Tight end Noah Fant wasn’t targeted in the passing game until 12:49 remaining and finished with three catches for 20 yards. … Safety Kareem Jackson was evaluated for a concussion in the first half, but was cleared to return to the game.

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