Just last week, I was telling the Bulldog faithful that former Georgia and current Denver running back Olandis Gary was going to leave Denver as a restricted free agent after the season due to lack of playing time. Then what happens? Another former Bulldog and Denver's starting running back Terrell Davis undergoes arthroscopic surgery to clean out and repair his previously injured knee.
Gary is moved up to second-string behind Mike Anderson and ends up running for 90 yards on 14 carries in the Broncos' 38-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Gary was more effective than Anderson, who rushed for 58 yards on 18 carries.
A 29 yard run, the longest of the game for either team, set up a bruising 9 yard touchdown burst for Gary.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan said that the roles are basically interchangeable.
"I've been trying to tell you guys that for the last two months," coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. "We started T.D. (Terrell Davis), went with Mike second and Olandis was third. And I said, "Hey, if we reverse the roles, I feel very good about that scenario as well.' We've got three guys who can play. Olandis came in, gave us a little spark. He was fresh, and they were a little worn down. I've got a lotof confidence in Mike. I've got a lot of confidence in Olandis, and hopefully they can both stay healthy so that we can utilize them."
Davis is scheduled to return in a month and will be fighting for playing time when he's healthy.
In the meantime, Gary continues to be the ultimate team player. When asked who the starter should be, Gary replied, "It's Mike Anderson, definitely. He's the guy right now and he's the guy the team is going to rally behind."
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