Broncos Update Insider - 11/5

The Denver Broncos lost two tailbacks for the season during Sunday's game. Michael Pittman and Andre Hall (in photo) were placed on injured reserve, leaving the team perilously thin at tailback.

The Denver Broncos lost two tailbacks for the season during Sunday's game. Michael Pittman and Andre Hall were placed on injured reserve, leaving the team perilously thin at tailback.

The only remaining tailbacks on the active roster are rookie Ryan Torain and Selvin Young. Torain made his NFL debut Sunday and had 1 yard on three carries. Young was inactive for a third consecutive game with a groin injury, and he didn't have a full practice all last week.

Torain's debut was highly anticipated, but he barely played in the second half because the Broncos were trailing and he isn't ready to play in passing situations. Still, he might be the Broncos' best option for Thursday's game at Cleveland if Young isn't ready.

Young began the season as the starter but was splitting carries with Hall and wasn't effective. He was on the verge of being displaced on the depth chart by Pittman when he got hurt. He hasn't played since Oct. 5, and even if he can start, he might not be in shape to handle a full load.

Pittman initially suffered what he called a stinger, or pinched nerve, in his neck against New England on Oct. 20. He said he re-injured it in the first quarter Sunday, but he kept playing until the second half, when he finally came out.

Hall injured his left hand. He played in the fourth quarter and had one carry for 7 yards, making him Denver's leading rusher. The Broncos had 14 rushing yards as a team.

NOTES, QUOTES

--DE Jarvis Moss, a 2007 first-round pick, is feeling more confidence after contributing lately. He had two sacks against Miami.

"I've been feeling good for the past few weeks," Moss said. "Studying hard, understanding what's going on, practicing my butt off, and it's carrying over to the game."

--The Broncos thought a pass-interference call against Denver WR Brandon Marshall was a turning point in the game. The penalty, which was called when Marshall pushed off on S Jason Allen, wiped out a 77-yard touchdown catch. Jay Cutler threw an interception a couple of plays later.

"Sometimes you don't get the right call," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "To me when I looked at it, it looked like normal bump (coverage)."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--LB Wesley Woodyard could get some playing time on defense because of injuries to Boss Bailey and D.J. Williams. Woodyard, an undrafted rookie, was very productive in college and played well in the preseason. He is undersized, but the Broncos might want to see what he can do.

--LB Louis Green could get the start with D.J. Williams out with a knee injury. Green has been mostly a special teams player, but the coaches have said that they think he could contribute on defense as well.

--RB Selvin Young hasn't been through a full practice since hurting his groin in early October, but if he can practice this week, he might start Thursday at Cleveland. Michael Pittman's availability is up in the air because of a recurring neck injury.

--S Calvin Lowry could go back in the starting lineup because of Marlon McCree's ankle injury. McCree has only a few days to recover before Thursday's game. Lowry started on Oct. 20 against New England, but he was benched again after that game.

--LT Ryan Clady did not allow a sack against Miami. Joey Porter had a sack, but that came against TE Daniel Graham. Clady, a rookie, hasn't allowed a sack in eight games.


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