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Broncos trade for Patriots backup tight end Derby

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos traded a 2017 fifth-round pick to the rival New England Patriots in exchange for tight end A.J. Derby.

Derby was a sixth-round draft pick out of Arkansas last year and has played in four games for the Patriots this season after spending his rookie season on IR.

Playing behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, Derby played just 36 snaps. But his preseason production — 15 receptions for 189 yards, a TD — is roughly what the Broncos' tight ends have managed this season.

Virgil Green, John Phillips and Jeff Heuerman have a combined 17 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown.

Broncos GM John Elway called Derby "a young tight end who can help us immediately."


Fan dies after falling while leaving Broncos football game

DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a fan has died after falling 60 feet at the Denver Broncos' stadium after a game on Monday night.

Stadium Management Co., which operates Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said the fan fell over a railing.

The medical examiner's office said Tuesday the man was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was identified as 36-year-old Jason Coy.

Denver police say he was sitting on a railing when he fell. Witnesses and emergency responders immediately tried to help.

The incident occurred near the north end of the stadium following the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans.

In a statement, the Broncos said the team is "reviewing this tragic incident and will continue to maintain all necessary safety measures for our fans."


DeMarcus Ware reports home burglary during Monday night game

DENVER (AP) — Police are investigating a burglary at the home of Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware that Ware reported when he returned home from Monday night's football game.

Denver police spokesman Doug Schepman says the break-in was reported early Tuesday. Police say they are looking for two men who stole valuables Monday night, during the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans. A police report says the men came through the front door but does not disclose what items were taken.

Police urged the public to come forward with information.

Ware says on Twitter that he came home to find his house was "robbed." He says is more concerned about his safety than material possessions and is grateful for "hidden cameras."


Chip off old block: Kelley becomes Colorado lineman like dad

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — As a 6-year-old, Alex Kelley settled into a lineman's stance next to his two brothers and father for a family photo at Folsom Field.

An early glimpse of blocks to come.

Born in Spain and raised in San Diego, the Colorado senior center grew up humming the school fight song and hanging on every word of the stories from his dad, Karry, an offensive tackle for the Buffaloes in the 1970s.

Now, Alex Kelley is front and center for the resurgence of No. 23 Colorado. He started the Buffaloes (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) on the right path by scoring the season's first TD when he pounced on a fumble in the end zone. They're nationally ranked again, bowl eligible for the first time since 2007 and contending for the Pac-12 South title.

Just what he always pictured.

"I've been here when we lost to Fresno State, 69-14 (in 2012), to when we beat Arizona State, 40-13 (two weeks ago)," Kelley said. "This, right now, what we're doing, I can't even put words to how fun it is.

"I grew up hearing all my dad's stories of playing Nebraska, of running out behind Ralphie (the school mascot). I just wake up every morning extremely happy to be here."

Out of high school, Kelley was all ready to commit to Boise State when Colorado entered the picture late.

Black and gold it was. He couldn't help himself, even if the Buffaloes were floundering at the time.

Lineman lineage ran too deep.