ATLANTA (AP) - Spencer Larsen's first NFL start was a triple.
Larsen, a rookie, became the first Denver player to start on offense and defense in the same game when he opened Sunday's matchup against Atlanta as the team's middle linebacker and fullback. To boot, he opened the game on special teams, too.
He did it in his NFL start.
Larsen is the first NFL player to start on offense and defense since Dec. 14, 2003, when Baltimore's Orlando Brown started at offensive tackle and defensive tackle at Oakland.
Larsen also was on Denver's kickoff team.
A sixth-round draft pick from Arizona, Larsen worked at linebacker and fullback in training camp before becoming a full-time fullback.
Injuries at both positions forced Larsen into two-way duty against the Falcons. Peyton Hillis, the regular starting fullback, instead started at running back, leaving Larsen as the starter on offense.
d on defense as starting linebackers Nate Webster and D.J. Williams were held out with knee injuries. Boss Bailey, the team's other starter, went on IR two weeks ago with a knee injury.
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