Broncos Update Insider - Wed., Nov. 2

The Denver Broncos have had five different running backs gain 1,000 yards for coach Mike Shanahan, but never two in the same season. Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell (in photo) are both on pace to blow by 1,000 yards. Read about Denver's rushing attack in today's "Broncos Update Insider."

The Denver Broncos have always run the football well under Mike Shanahan's watch, but they are moving into uncharted territory.

Denver has had five different running backs gain 1,000 yards for Shanahan, but never two in the same season. No team since the 1987 Cleveland Browns, with Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack, have had two backs reach 1,000 in the same year.

Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell are on pace to blow by 1,000 yards. After Sunday's games, Anderson was fifth in the AFC with 604 yards. Bell was seventh in the AFC with 562 yards and is averaging an astonishing seven yards per carry.

Anderson didn't want to talk about the possibility of Denver having two 1,000-yard backs.

"You don't speak about something before it happens," Anderson said. "Can't do that."

The Broncos running game, which is usually among the league's best, has been dominant over the past six weeks. Since gaining 168 yards in their first two games combined, the Broncos are averaging 157.2 rushing yards per game.

Shanahan said he will continue to divvy up the carries, and he considers both Bell and Anderson starters, even though Anderson has started every game.v "I think we have a couple of unselfish guys who know what it takes to make an offense work rather than who gets the recognition of being the starter," Shanahan said.


--Rookie cornerback Domonique Foxworth isn't starting, but he has made a few huge plays in Denver's season. He was the team's defensive MVP for his effort at Jacksonville in Week 4, which included an interception. And his interception in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia, with the Eagles marching downfield after having cut Denver's lead to 28-21, was a turning point in a big win.

"That's the play of the game," safety John Lynch said.

--The Broncos hope that right offensive tackle George Foster gets healthy during the bye week. Foster sprained a MCL against New England on Oct. 16 and the Broncos decided to rotate him with backup Cornell Green against Philadelphia because Foster has been slowed by the injury.

"Since he's had that, he has not played at the same level he did earlier," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said his team doesn't have many injury concerns going into the bye. The two most serious injuries, Champ Bailey's hamstring and George Foster's knee, should get better with a week off.

"I think by next week, everybody should be able to go full speed," Shanahan said. "We've got some bumps and bruises, but nothing serious."


--S Sam Brandon might be available to the Broncos after the bye week. He has a tear in his pectoral muscle, but is coming along well, and the week off should help his recovery.

--CB Lenny Walls has a groin injury and was placed on injured reserve. He will sit out the rest of the season.

--OL Dwayne Carswell was upgraded to fair condition last weekend and could leave the hospital soon. Carswell suffered major injuries during a car accident on his way to the Broncos' facilities last Thursday morning.

--CB Darrent Williams has plenty of speed and was a great returner in college, but he isn't getting many long returns in his rookie year. He lost one yard on three returns against the Eagles, continuing a slump on returns that has gone on since Week 2.

--FB Kyle Johnson has five touchdowns on 11 touches this season. He is often left open on play-action passes, as he was against Philadelphia on a six-yard touchdown pass.

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