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Broncos are prepared to yank Tebow, if he struggles against Steelers

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Denver Broncos looks on from the bench against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 23-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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On Friday, we reported that Broncos backup quarterback Brady Quinn has received roughly half the snaps with the first-team offense this week. Not surprisingly, Quinn has opted not to admit that he is getting more reps, in order to help preserve the element of surprise.

It wasn’t clear why Quinn was getting more work. One source said that the Broncos have a package for Quinn to be used in second-and-long or third-and-long situations.

Now, multiple sources tell PFT that coach John Fox is prepared to bench Tebow, if he struggles once again.

As one source explained it, Broncos players don’t regard the development as a big deal. It’s no surprise that Tebow hasn’t been the same guy lately, with as many turnovers in the last two games (six) as he had in all of the prior 10 games combined. Indeed, it’s smart coaching by Fox to be ready to do whatever needs to be done to win.

So if/when the Steelers put the clamps on Tebow, get ready for the first appearance from Quinn in a Broncos uniform in anything other than a preseason game.