|Moreno's done in 2011 but McGahee could play Thursday night.. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
The Broncos improved to 3-1 under quarterback Tim Tebow Sunday, defeating the Chiefs, 17-10. The story of the game? Tebow attempted just eight passes, completed two and Denver ran the ball 55 times. It redefined "conservative NFL game plan," and if nothing else, proved that the Broncos can compete against lesser opponents without having to put the ball in the air.
Thursday, Denver hosts the New York Jets and we'll have a better idea of just how well the read-option fares against a legit NFL defense. But they'll have to do without their full complement of running backs (Tebow included, obviously). Starter Willis McGahee and backup Knowshon Moreno were lost in the first half Sunday after combining for eight carries and 69 yards. McGahee left with a hamstring injury but is expected to practice Tuesday, and if all goes well, play against the Jets.
Moreno, meanwhile, suffered a torn ACL and his season is over, head coach John Fox announced Monday.
"I feel for him because he battled. He had that hamstring early in the season and battled back from that, and was getting back into the groove," Fox said, via the Denver Post. "He was having a really, really good day. It's unfortunate. But he's tough-minded, and will battle back from this."
The team filled Moreno's roster spot by signing Jeremiah Johnson off the practice squad.
"The upside with Jeremiah is he's been with us. He knows the nomenclature, he knows the teammates," Fox said.
It's the latest setback for Moreno, who was Denver's 12th-overall pick in 2009 (the Broncos also selected Robert Ayers at No. 18), Josh McDaniels' first year as the team's head coach. Moreno rushed for 947 yards (3.8 YPC) as a rookie and scored seven touchdowns. He played in 13 games in 2010, and rushed for 779 yards (4.3 YPC) and five TDs. He had just 179 rushing yards in seven games this season, though he was averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
In addition to McGahee, the team will lean on Lance Ball, who had 30 carries for 96 yards against the Chiefs. And, of course, Tebow.
Tim Tebow hit Eric Decker on a 56-yard touchdown pass, one of his only two completions in the game, helping the Denver Broncos to a 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. CBS Sports' Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker have the recap.
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