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Jack Dempsey, Associated Press
Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Manny Lawson (99) and cornerback Leon Hall (29) react in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Denver.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos coach John Fox made it absolutely clear Monday that Tim Tebow's future lies in throwing passes, not catching them.

A day after using his backup quarterback as an emergency wide receiver, Fox reiterated: "He is a quarterback."

The Broncos entered the game Sunday against Cincinnati with only three healthy wideouts after Pro Bowler Brandon Lloyd was a late scratch due to a lingering groin injury.

And when Eddie Royal (groin) was hurt early in the game, the Broncos were down to just two receivers: Eric Decker, making his first career start, and Matt Willis, who has just one start in four NFL seasons.

That forced Fox to use Tebow for a handful of plays out wide, especially since he knew the offense so well.