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Broncos’ RB Loville Sidelined

October 8, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Denver Broncos running back Derek Loville did not practice Thursday because of a sore left hamstring and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Oakland.

Loville, named the starter when Terrell Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week’s 21-13 loss to the New York Jets, tweaked his hamstring while running a pass route in practice Wednesday.

``His hamstring was tight,″ coach Mike Shanahan said. ``It’s a little bit more than a charley horse. He’ll test it out (Friday). He feels like he could go. I’d say it’s 50-50 right now. It will probably be a game-time decision.″

If Loville can’t play, the Broncos (0-4) would turn to rookie Olandis Gary. John Avery, acquired in a trade with Miami on Sept. 21, would be the backup. Avery has been practicing at both wide receiver and running back.

``Olandis is doing an excellent job learning the system,″ Shanahan said. ``It’s always difficult for a rookie to come in and play, but I’ve got a lot of confidence in him.

``John has a pretty good feel for our offense, being here a couple of weeks. He doesn’t have the whole offense down, but he’s very sharp and he’s picked things up very quickly.″

Shanahan also said quarterback Bubby Brister, who lost his starting job to Brian Griese in the preseason but was restored as the starter Wednesday, ``had a good day of practice.″

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