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Broncos QB Orton optimistic he'll play vs. Bengals despite dislocated finger

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton remains optimistic that he can play at Cincinnati in Sunday's season opener despite a dislocated right index finger.

Orton is wearing a glove on his throwing hand at practice this week, but he'd rather do without it on game day. He said he has never worn a glove, even in the winter while he was playing for the Chicago Bears.

Orton's knuckle poked through the skin when he was hurt in the Broncos' third preseason game Aug. 30 against the Bears.

Backup quarterback Chris Simms would start for Denver if Orton can't go. Simms recently returned to practice after spraining his left ankle in a preseason game.

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