Posted by Andy Benoit
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels told the media Friday that Knowshon Moreno will not play Sunday against the Ravens, marking the third straight game the running back will miss due to a right hamstring injury. You probably know by now that this is NOT the same hamstring that sidelined Moreno during the preseason.
The bigger story here is that by addressing Moreno’s status for Week 5, we have reason to believe McDaniels still knows the running back position exists. The Broncos have thrown the ball over 50 times in three games this season. Their “running attack” has been more like a “walking attack”. On the ground, Denver is averaging 2.2 yards per attempts (by far the worst in the NFL) and 55 yards per game (13 yards worse than the 31st-ranked Bears run game).
Laurence Maroney will once again fill in for Moreno; Correll Buckhalter will shoulder some of the load on third down. (Fullback Spencer Larsen is also out for a second straight week with a bum ankle.)
It wasn’t all bad news for the Broncos. Cornerback Andre Goodman will return after a two-game absence (quad injury). So will special teams maven Wesley Woodyard (hamstring).
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