The Denver Broncos mustered merely 14 yards on the ground in yesterday's loss to the Dolphins. That's a depressing number for a team that used to get 1,000 yard seasons from pool boys. Things might not be getting better in the foreseeable future, either.
The Broncos placed Michael Pittman and Andre Hall on injured reserve today, dropping them down to two running backs. One of those backs, Ryan Torain, is a rookie who made his first NFL appearance on Sunday. The other is second-year man Selvin Young, who hasn't played since October 5 with a groin injury. Any chance Travis Henry can get a work release deal while his drug trafficking case gets adjudicated?
This news is the latest blow to a Bronco team that is adrift in a sea of turnovers, finger pointing and losses. Jay Cutler has thrown six interceptions in the last three games, and the injury-ravaged defense hasn't proven that it can shut down opposing offenses with any regularity. Now both Cutler and that defense will be under increased pressure to produce if the Broncos hope to contend for a division that could be won with a losing record.
Mike Shanahan will have to work his old magic with Torain to get the Bronco offense going again. Whether the two days before Thursday's tilt with the Browns is enough time to do so remains to be seen.
Available Running Backs Should Head to Denver: Michael Pittman, Andre Hall to IR originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Mon, 03 Nov 2008 21:20:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.