Thus far in his career, Knowshon Moreno has been a disappointment to Broncos fans as much as to the Denver organization. Prior to tearing his ACL, he went into the season as the starting running back. After a poor showing in Denver's Week 1 game, in which Moreno had only 22 yards on eight carries, head coach John Fox quickly decided to go with Willis McGahee as his starting runner.
Excluding significant playing time against Detroit where McGahee missed most of the game, Moreno had little to no impact with no scores and a fumble on 37 carries in 2011. Injuries limited Moreno to 13 games in 2010, most of which were played while on the injury report. Even in his rookie season, where Moreno almost reached the 1,000 yards rushing on 247 carries with seven touchdowns, he had four fumbles and was the owner of a 3.8-yards-per-carry average.
Since his rookie season, Moreno has managed a 958 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns while fumbling four times and missing time with injuries. Through his first three seasons, Moreno has fumbled eight times while scoring 12 times on the ground. He is the owner of a career 4.1-yards-per-carry average and under 2,000 rushing yards, both underwhelming statistics for the 12th overall pick in 2009.
After yet another injury-riddled season and now off-the-field concerns, Denver needs to take a serious look at Moreno's value to the team. Since he is a draft pick of former head coach Josh McDaniels, Fox could consider cutting losses and releasing Moreno rather than letting him play out his rookie contract.