Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams

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Game Information
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 66,899

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jake Butt only played 11 snaps for Denver, and he made only two catches. The tight end's return from his latest major knee surgery still thrilled his teammates on an otherwise quiet preseason night for both the Broncos and the Rams.

Brandon Allen passed for 162 yards, and Jalen Greene caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from John Wolford with 12:38 to play in the Los Angeles Rams' 10-6 preseason victory over Denver on Saturday night.

Both coaches sat nearly all of their starters for the final NFL preseason game at the 96-year-old Coliseum, and neither team managed a touchdown before Wolford led a 52-yard drive spanning the final two quarters and capped it with a sharp pass to Greene . Almost every Rams player expected to make a significant contribution this season skipped this game in keeping with coach Sean McVay's total disinterest in risking his starters' health for meaningless exhibitions.

But these games mean the world to players like Butt. The Michigan product had those two grabs for 17 yards while playing football for the first time since the third game of last season, when he tore a knee ligament and required his third knee surgery.

"I don't want to get too excited about 11 plays in the preseason, but it's definitely a step in the right direction," Butt said.

His teammates got excited for him.

"It's a great sight, seeing him out there catching passes and being able to block," offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson said. "One of our brothers is back. He works as hard as I've ever seen anybody work, and it's great to see him back."

Butt also missed the entire 2017 season due to knee problems after the Broncos chose him in the fifth round, but his continued health could be a boost for an offense that likes to use tight ends.

"I've played so little in my time here," Butt said. "It's been a grind. I've been tested quite a bit. I just want people to look at this story and find hope, find faith. ... I've been tested more than most, and I've been able to overcome a lot."

RAMS QB COMPETITION

Wolford, who went 6 of 12 for 64 yards, is competing for the Rams' No. 3 quarterback spot with Allen, who had the job last season. Allen went 12 of 19 and mostly looked sharp while Jared Goff and backup Blake Bortles watched from the sideline.

"(Allen) is going to get better every chance he gets," said Rams receiver Michael Thomas, who caught a 51-yard pass from Allen among his three receptions for 76 yards. "Just seeing him from last year to this year, he's gotten tremendously better. We just connecting, getting the chemistry going as a team."

BRONCOS BEHIND CENTER

Kevin Hogan went 8 of 12 for 69 yards in the Broncos' fourth of five preseason games.

Hogan and undrafted rookie Brett Rypien ran the Broncos' offense with rookie Drew Lock sidelined by a sprained thumb on his throwing hand. Hogan is expected to back up Joe Flacco this season, but Rypien embraced the chance to compete for a job in his first preseason action since the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1.

"I wanted to put some good film out here tonight, and I thought for the most part it was pretty good," Rypien said.

Rypien went 14 of 23 for 80 yards with an interception. He led the Broncos to the Rams 25 in the final minutes, but Los Angeles stopped them on downs with 1:08 to play.

BIG TACKLE

Kieshawn Bierria started for the Broncos as an inside linebacker, and his bid for playing time this season got a boost when he made a huge defensive play in the third quarter. Bierria wrapped up Rams tight end Johnny Mundt at the goal line and forced him out of bounds before Mundt could get his short reception over the goal line on fourth down.

BIG PICK

Rams cornerback Kevin Peterson got the game's only interception, picking off a throw from Rypien on the first drive of the second half. The pick was the latest big play by Peterson, who appeared to be earning a role on the Rams' defense in training camp last year before he tore a knee ligament in the Rams' first preseason game and was finished for the season.

NOT SPECIAL

Most of the Rams' few remaining positional competitions revolve around the players' roles on special teams, and those weren't all great: Los Angeles committed penalties on each of its first two punt returns.

NEXT UP

Broncos: Finish their extra-long preseason by hosting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.

Rams: Rest their starters again when they visit the Houston Texans on Thursday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Rams
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Rams
10:48 Greg Zuerlein 37 yd FG 0 3
05:14 Brandon McManus 31 yd FG 3 3
00:19 Brandon McManus 38 yd FG 6 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Rams
No scoring this quarter.

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Broncos Rams
12:38 Jalen Greene 4 yd pass from John Wolford (Brock Miller kick) 6 10

Team Stats
  Denver Los Angeles
1st Downs 16 18
Total Yards 213 323
Passing 140 226
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-35 18-31
Yards/Pass 3.9 7.3
Rushing 73 97
Rushing Attempts 21 32
Yards/Rush 3.5 3.0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 30:06 29:54

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brett Rypien 14 23 80 3.5 0 1
Kevin Hogan 8 12 69 5.8 0 0

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brandon Allen 12 19 162 8.5 0 0
John Wolford 6 12 64 5.3 1 0

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Khalfani Muhammad 10 30 3.0 0 8
David Williams 3 18 6.0 0 20
Kevin Hogan 4 14 3.5 0 6
Devontae Jackson 4 11 2.8 0 4

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
John Kelly 10 32 3.2 0 10
Darrell Henderson Jr. 11 28 2.5 0 9
Justin Davis 5 22 4.4 0 11
John Wolford 5 8 1.6 0 8
Brandon Allen 1 7 7.0 0 7

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Troy Fumagalli 5 44 8.8 0 15
Juwann Winfree 1 19 19.0 0 19
Jake Butt 2 17 8.5 0 9
Kelvin McKnight 3 16 5.3 0 6
Khalfani Muhammad 2 15 7.5 0 8
Trinity Benson 1 10 10.0 0 10
River Cracraft 2 9 4.5 0 6
Fred Brown 2 9 4.5 0 5
Moral Stephens 2 7 3.5 0 5
Devontae Jackson 2 3 1.5 0 3

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Thomas 3 76 25.3 0 51
KhaDarel Hodge 3 54 18.0 0 25
Nsimba Webster 4 47 11.8 0 20
Johnny Mundt 3 24 8.0 0 20
John Kelly 1 12 12.0 0 12
JoJo Natson 2 5 2.5 0 4
Darrell Henderson Jr. 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jalen Greene 1 4 4.0 1 4

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Justin Hollins 5 3 0 0
A.J. Johnson 5 2 0 0
Dymonte Thomas 5 0 0 0
Keishawn Bierria 3 0 0 0
Linden Stephens 3 0 0 0
De'Vante Bausby 2 0 0 0
Ahmad Gooden 2 3 0 0
Shamarko Thomas 2 0 0 0
DeShawn Williams 2 0 0 0
Jamal Carter 1 0 0 0
Su'a Cravens 1 0 0 0
Alijah Holder 1 0 0 0
Trey Johnson 1 1 0 0
Dre'Mont Jones 1 1 0 0
Trey Marshall 1 0 0 0
Will Parks 1 1 0 0
Mike Purcell 1 0 0 0
Deyon Sizer 1 1 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 1 2 0 0
Dekoda Watson 1 1 0 0
Josh Watson 1 0 0 0
Isaac Yiadom 1 0 0 0
Steven Dunbar Jr. 0 0 0 0
Zach Kerr 0 2 0 0
Dadi Nicolas 0 0 0 0
Juwann Winfree 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Travin Howard 8 0 0 0
Troy Reeder 4 1 0 0
Dakota Allen 3 2 0 0
Ketner Kupp 3 2 0 0
Steven Parker 3 0 0 0
Morgan Fox 2 0 0 0
Natrez Patrick 2 0 0 0
Kevin Peterson 2 0 0 0
Darious Williams 2 0 0 0
John Franklin-Myers 1 2 1 9
Dont'e Deayon 1 0 0 0
Landis Durham 1 0 0 0
Jake Gervase 1 0 0 0
Dominique Hatfield 1 1 0 0
David Long Jr. 1 0 0 0
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 1 0 0 0
Ramon Richards 1 0 0 0
Boogie Roberts 1 0 0 0
Nick Scott 1 0 0 0
Marqui Christian 0 1 0 0
Matt Colburn 0 0 0 0
Marquise Copeland 0 2 0 0
Greg Gaines 0 2 0 0
Tanzel Smart 0 0 0 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Kevin Peterson 1 0 0

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Khalfani Muhammad 1 20 20.0 0 20

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Nsimba Webster 1 19 19.0 0 19

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
River Cracraft 1 5 5.0 0 5
Kelvin McKnight 1 0 0.0 0 0

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
JoJo Natson 2 4 2.0 0 3
Austin Proehl 1 0 0.0 0 0

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 2 2 100.0 38

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Greg Zuerlein 1 2 50.0 37

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colby Wadman 4 173 58

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Hekker 1 50 50
Brock Miller 1 41 41