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Ex-Bear Orton Passed Over In Denver

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(WSCR) – If the Jay Cutler-Kyle Orton debate hasn’t already been put to rest, the recent developments out of Denver should do just that.

It’s Tim Tebow time for the remainder of the season whether Orton likes the situation or not.

Orton said he was informed by the Denver Broncos that the rookie will start not only Sunday against Houston, but in the season finale the following week when San Diego visits Invesco Field.

Even with his bruised ribs almost healed, Orton, who was in the midst of his most prolific passing season, will watch Tebow just like everyone else.

Orton was unhappy over the decision that leaves his future with the organization quite hazy, especially with a new front office likely coming in after a dismal season that cost Josh McDaniels his job.

“I said I’d like to finish the season. That wasn’t the option that was presented,” said Orton, who signed an extension through 2011 last summer. “I don’t know if I’ll be here next year. We’ll just have to wait and see what shakes out with the organization.”

The situation is out of Orton’s hands as well. He was far from pleased over the fact that, barring an injury, he might not see the field again this season.

Orton was well on his way to career-best numbers, throwing for 3,653 yards and 20 TDs this season.

He injured his ribs in the second half against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 28. After that, he wasn’t the same.

He was ineffective at Kansas City and Arizona, then inactive against Oakland.

“You never want to give up your job, you know?” Orton said. “We’ve worked hard as a unit for a number of months, and you’d certainly like to be able to finish that out with your guys. It’s disappointing not to be able to do that.”

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