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In Like Glyn: Milburn Returns to Starting Role

December 12, 1995

DENVER (AP) _ After setting an NFL record with 404 all-purpose yards against Seattle, Glyn Milburn may get a chance to do it all again next week.

With running back Terrell Davis sidelined by a hamstring tear, Milburn will start Sunday against Kansas City. It remains to be seen whether kickoff and punt returns will be added to his backfield duties.

``I’m more tired than normal after a game, but not to the point where I’m waving the white flag or anything,″ Milburn said Monday. ``I’ll be ready to go by Wednesday, and I’m ready to do whatever the team wants me to do.

``I think that it’s a coaching decision, but I don’t feel there’s any reason that I can’t do it. I did last game.″

It’s a testament to Milburn’s attitude that he was able to break the 34-year-old all-purpose record. Many thought he would flourish under new coach Mike Shanahan, but then Davis came into training camp and took away the starting job.

Milburn, who had 131 yards rushing, 45 yards receiving and 228 return yards Sunday, didn’t sulk. He instead vowed to focus on special teams, and it has paid off.

He leads the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff return average, and his 11.9-yard punt return average is tops in the AFC. Not bad for a 5-foot-8 player relegated to role playing.

``There’s always the talk about my size and what I can’t do, but I’ve always focused on what I can do,″ Milburn said. ``I’ve just been waiting for an opportunity. It just happened for me to be (Sunday) in a situation where the starter was injured and I had to go in there and pick up where he left off.″

Davis’ shoes could be tough to fill. He has 1,117 yards rushing this season, including 40 yards on five carries Sunday despite tearing his right hamstring on the game’s first play.

``When I was in there, I felt I was really on one leg,″ Davis said. ``I didn’t have any strength in this leg _ no stability. I was just kind of using it as a crutch pretty much.‴

The Broncos are limping after the Seattle loss. The setback left them needing two road wins to have a chance at making the playoffs, and even then there are no guarantees.

The magnitude of Denver’s next two games has left Milburn with little time to reflect on his magnificent day.

``I had a lot of phone calls (Sunday) night,″ he said. ``Maybe after the season I’ll look at it and put it into perspective. Right now it’s just another game, and we lost the game.″

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