Broncos Lose Ground In Running Game With Pittman and Hall Done For The Season

Andrew GloverCorrespondent INovember 3, 2008

When things were bad enough for the Denver Broncos running game, after gaining 14 yards on 12 carries, vs. the Miami Dolphins, things got worse.

The Broncos placed running backs Michael Pittman and Andre Hall on the injured reserve making them done for the season. Pittman injured his neck and Hall his left hand in last weeks 26-17 loss to the Dolphins.

Pittman has played in all eight games and started the last three this season, gaining 320 yards on 76 attempts, 4.2 yards per carry, and four touchdowns. Pittman also has 10 receptions for 112 yards. Hall has seen action in all eight games, gaining 144 yards on 35 carries and 4.1 yards per carry. Hall has also caught 3 passes for 25 yards.

The Broncos have had Selvin Young out the last three games with a groin injury. Young has gained 266 yards on 47 carries, 5.7 yards per carry and one touchdown in the first five games of the season. Young also has 3 receptions for 16 yards.

The Broncos have not officially said who will start at running back next week against the Cleveland Browns. Young could come back; he was listed as questionable against the Dolphins and did not play. Peyton Hillis could play, someone off the practice squad, or the Broncos could sign a free agent.