Broncos must find run game minus Moreno

September, 24, 2010
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Knowshon Moreno will not get a chance to make up for a poor performance in Week 2.

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The team has ruled him out of Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. The Denver Post reports he was injured Thursday in practice. Moreno’s name wasn’t on Thursday’s injury update released by the team. Moreno had 51 yards on 24 carries last week. He missed all of August with a hamstring injury.

Correll Buckhalter and newly acquired Laurence Maroney will handle the rushing load for the Broncos against the Colts. Maroney will be making his Denver debut after being traded from New England on Sept. 14.

The Broncos have been ravaged by injuries since camp, especially at running back. Buckhalter dealt with a back injury during the preseason, Maroney came over to Denver while nursing a groin injury and LenDale White was lost for the season with a leg injury.

Denver’s run game has not been able to take off yet, yet quarterback Kyle Orton has been outstanding and Denver, which is 1-1 and has scored 45 points, is surviving on the passing game. Denver has the No. 5 passing offense and No. 27 running offense after two games.

The run game will have to take off at some point to give the unit balance.

In other injury news, right tackle Ryan Harris will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury after being hurt in the preseason finale. The team is hopeful cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and Andre Goodman (thigh) can play against the high-flying Colts on Sunday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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