In almost any other circumstance, Chris Simms' first NFL start since 2006 would be a triumphant story of the power of the human will.
Three years after nearly being killed playing football, Simms is poised to start for the Broncos on Sunday. Josh McDaniels left open Friday the possibility of a miracle cure for Kyle Orton's bum ankle by then, but Simms is practicing with the first team this week, and his teammates are preparing for him to start.
Only one thing keeps this from being a Disney movie: It's about the worst week of the year for the Broncos to have an unsettled situation at quarterback.
Having lost a 3 1/2-game division lead in four weeks, and coming off three consecutive losses, the Broncos have a chance to stop the bleeding in a home game against the Chargers, their only competition for the AFC West title. Having beaten them earlier in San Diego, a win Sunday would give the Broncos a one-game division lead and a tiebreaker that would effectively make it a two-game lead.