Knowshon Moreno will be a no-show again

October, 1, 2010
10/01/10
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If the Denver Broncos are going to break through on the ground this week in Tennessee, they will have to do it without starting running back Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno’s disastrous early season is continuing. He will miss his second straight game because of a hamstring injury he suffered during practice last week. Moreno, the No. 12 overall draft pick in 2009, missed all of August with a hamstring injury.

Denver, which has been ravaged by injury at running back this year, will continue to go with Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney in Moreno’s absence. Neither of those players could get the Denver running game going last week, and they were particularly poor in the red zone.

Denver is 30th in the NFL on the ground, averaging 67 rushing yards a game. Denver is averaging 2.5 yards per carry, which is a league low. Denver is ranked No. 1 in passing in the NFL. Yet, a lack of balance and inefficiency in the red zone have been a big reason why the Broncs are 1-2.

The injury continues a frustrating second season for Moreno. The Broncos expected big things from him this season after an uneven rookie season in which Moreno tailed off terribly in the final month. He had just 173 of his 947 yards in the final four games of last season, all defeats. Moreno has 111 yards on 39 carries in two games this season.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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