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November 16, 2016

DENVER BRONCOS S DARIAN STEWART NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Denver’s 25-23 win against the New Orleans Saints, the NFL informed the Broncos on Wednesday.
       
The award represents the first conference recognition of his career and the third AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor for the Broncos this season (OLB Von Miller, Week 2; CB Bradley Roby, Week 8).
       
Stewart totaled two tackles, two interceptions (11 yds.) and one fumble recovery in Denver’s road win against the Saints. His three takeaways were the most by a Broncos since cornerback Deltha O’Neal made four interceptions against Kansas City on Oct. 7, 2001. He also became the first NFL player in more than a year to record three takeaways (Washington CB Bashaud Breeland, 1 INT, 2 FR, at NYJ, 10/18/15).
       
Two of Stewart’s takeaways led directly to 10 Denver points while one of them came deep in Broncos territory to prevent a Saints score.
       
Stewart’s recognition marks the 33rd time a Broncos defensive player has earned conference player of the week honors since the award was initiated by the NFL in 1984.
 
DENVER’S 2016 AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
Player Pos. Week Opponent Statistics
Von Miller OLB Week 2 vs. Indianapolis 7 tackles (5 solo), 3 sacks (20 yds.), 1 PD, 1 FF
Bradley Roby CB Week 8 vs. San Diego 7 tackles (4 solo), 1 INT (49-yd. TD), 2 PD
Darian Stewart S Week 10 at New Orleans 2 solo tackles, 2 INTs (11 yds.), 2 PD, 1 FR
 

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