Denver Broncos: Will the RB Injuries Be a Nagging Issue?
Who is this guy?
Will this be the picture of the starting RB in the first game at Jacksonville?
Of all the positions that have been clobbered, injury-wise on the Denver roster, running back has been the hardest hit.
This has caused a change in the game-planning for the first two preseason games and will impact the game tonight against the Pittsburgh Steelers as well.
It also will create some catch-up issues for both the backs missing practice and games but also the line in getting their timing down, learning how each back cuts, and filling lanes downfield.
Correll Buckhalter is coming off a good season (642 yds, 5.4 ypc) while teaming with Knowshon Moreno. He was a steady workhorse for Philadelphia, never having lower than a 4.1 ypc average but has fought injuries his entire career since leaving Nebraska.
Well, he did miss some games to injury last year and guess what? He goes down in the first week of practice with a back strain. He is healing and should be back for possible duty tonight, depending on how he warms up. But back injuries can be a tricky thing.
So he is a probability to start Game 1, but we will have to wait and see.
LenDale White was signed just as training camp was getting under way to be the power back that has been missing since the trade of Peyton Hillis to the Cleveland Browns.
So many times last season, we would have to watch those "3rd and Goal's" and those "3rd and 2's" not being converted and seeing the appropriate kicker come on and finish the series.
White was signed after being let go by the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks and looked to be the answer to that big bruiser (6'1" 235 lbs) who had decent speed and good hands out of the backfield.
And he has quite a college pedigree. He was a touchdown machine with 39 in just two years while at USC when he teamed up with Reggie (Used-to-be-that-Heisman-Guy) Bush.
He shows up in pretty decent shape and immediately dings his ankle and is slowly getting back to playing status.
Oh, and no matter how fast he heals, he still has that four game suspension to deal with.
Knowshon Moreno had a very strong rookie season with 947 yds and 7 rushing TDs and another 217 yds and 2 receiving TDs. But he hit a wall towards the end of the season and only had a 3.8 ypc.
He also shows up to training camp and immediately hurts his hamstring in the first scrimmage and has missed the first two pre-season games.
He was practicing this week, but Mike Klis of the Denver Post said he was watching him warm-up and didn't feel he was ready to play.
Hammies can be difficult, especially for a player that depends on his cutting and acceleration.
Hopefully, he can get some reps in before the first game, but again, we will have to wait and see.
And So ......
I know, a shot of him in his Raida' suit but it is all I could find on Getty.
Justin "Huggy Bear" Fargas, another USC player, was signed after being waived by the Oakland Raiders. I think he will be a good addition to the backfield. He has some size (6'-1", 220 lbs) and isn't afraid of contact.
But he has more than a few bites from the injury bug so the question will be if he will last the entire season.
Let's get back to the first slide. Pictured is Lance Ball, No. 35 on his jersey but No. 1 in our hearts. A first year player out of Maryland who played much of last week's game and most likely will make the roster, due to White's suspension.
But Lance Ball, starting RB for the Denver Broncos? Really?
Just some thoughts before kickoff tonight.