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Broncos Rookie Excused To Deal With Tragedy

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18: Running back Willis McGahee #23 and offensive tackle Orlando Franklin #74 of the Denver Broncos celebrate McGahee's first quarter touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 18: Running back Willis McGahee #23 and offensive tackle Orlando Franklin #74 of the Denver Broncos celebrate McGahee’s first quarter touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos rookie right tackle Orlando Franklin was excused Wednesday to deal with a family tragedy.

Franklin’s status for Sunday’s game against San Diego is uncertain. Coach John Fox had already addressed the media when Franklin apparently learned of the situation after practice.

Chris Clark and Tony Hills are backup tackles who could replace Franklin in the lineup against the Chargers if he’s unable to play.

It’s not known when Franklin will return to practice.

Franklin was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved in with his older brother in Toronto while in high school before going to Florida to gain recruiting attention. He starred at the University of Miami and was selected by the Broncos with the 46th overall draft pick in April.

He has started all four games for Denver.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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