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Broncos | Healthy starters will play - but will they play the whole game?

Frank Schwab, of the Gazette, reports Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan plans to play his healthy starters in the team's Week 17 game, but for how long is the question. Shanahan said Tuesday, Dec. 27, the starters will play against the San Diego Chargers even though Denver has clinched the second seed in the AFC playoffs. QB Jake Plummer will start the game. "I'm not going to say definitely he'll play the whole game but that's the plan going in," Shanahan said. Backup QB Bradlee Van Pelt said he got the same message. "They made it clear to me yesterday and today that it's going to be just like any other week for the offense," Van Pelt said. "Jake's starting and if you get called in, deal with it. As the plan is right now, I'm not going in." Shanahan made similar statements before the Broncos played their regular season finale at Green Bay two years ago but held many key players out because Denver's playoff position was determined.

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