Rick Scuteri, Associated Press
This photo taken Dec. 12, 2010 shows Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow during the fist quarter of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Denver Broncos interim coach Eric Studesville said Monday he's sticking with slumping quarterback Kyle Orton as his starter. tudesville left the door open just a crack to the possibility that first-round draft pick Tebow could get more action with the Broncos (3-10) heading for what could be their worst season since 1964.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tim Tebow is getting more snaps at practice with starter Kyle Orton nursing bruised ribs and the rookie might even get his first extended action of the season when the Denver Broncos visit Oakland this weekend.

Orton sat out practice Wednesday and interim coach Eric Studesville met with quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels to determine how much, if any, he'll be able to participate in Thursday's practice.

In his absence, Tebow has been taking the bulk of the snaps with third quarterback Brady Quinn getting some work, too.

Tebow, whom former coach Josh McDaniels selected in the first round of the draft, has made only cameo appearances this season and thrown just one pass so far, a 3-yard TD toss to Spencer Larsen against Kansas City on Oct. 14.