Travis Henry released

The Denver Broncos on Monday released running back Travis Henry.

"Although Travis has the ability to be one of the top running backs in the NFL, we have to make decisions that are in the best interests of our organization and its goal of winning a Super Bowl," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "We did not feel his commitment to the Broncos was enough to warrant a spot on this football team."

Henry was signed by the Broncos as a free agent on March 5, 2007, and rushed for 691 yards on 167 carries (4.1 avg.) with four touchdowns in 12 games (7 starts) during his only season with the club. Before joining the Broncos, the eighth-year player spent two seasons (2005-06) with Tennessee after beginning his career with Buffalo (2001-04).

Editor Note: The rest of this article was written before Henry's release.

With free agent Michael Pittman coming aboard, the Denver Broncos' tailback situation is tough to figure out. Travis Henry would be working as the first-team tailback in off-season camps but he is hurt. He missed the May quarterbacks camp with a hamstring injury, although Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he could get back on the field for a camp that starts the first week of June.

"He can't go yet," Shanahan said in the middle of the May camp. "Those hamstrings, you don't know how long it's going to take."

Henry's injury isn't a good sign for him, considering how often he was banged up last season. He had knee, rib and ankle injuries and by the end of the season had little explosiveness. The Broncos blamed his lack of burst on a knee injury that he suffered at the beginning of November.

The Broncos would only commit to Henry if he took a pay cut in the off-season, which he did. His absence in the May camp meant Selvin Young worked with the starters and Andre Hall and rookie Ryan Torain got extra reps.

Pittman is a versatile veteran who can be a factor in the tailback competition. Young is coming off a solid season, but the team doesn't see him as a workhorse back. Pittman stays in great shape and has usually been a starter for his 10-year career.

Pittman said he wants to compete for a starting job with the Broncos, but he will also be willing to accept whatever role he is given.

"That's why I'm here (to compete for a starting job). I'm not here to be a backup, of course," Pittman said. "At the same time, I'm not saying I'm here to take over or nothing. I'm just here to help, and I'm going to compete like everybody else."



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