What's Moreno's future in Denver?

November, 14, 2011
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You have to wonder what Knowshon Moreno’s future is with the Denver Broncos.

The oft-injured No. 12 pick of the 2009 draft has suffered a major setback. Broncos coach John Fox said Monday that Moreno tore his ACL in the first quarter of a 17-10 win at Kansas City on Sunday. He is lost for the season. Moreno's goal is now to be ready for 2012 training camp, which begins in late July.

The question is, how much of a role will Moreno have in Denver?

The Broncos probably will consider other running back options next year to pair with Willis McGahee, 30.

Moreno has been hampered by injuries and ineffectiveness in his short Denver career.

The ironic thing is, Moreno was having a solid day Sunday. He had 52 yards on four carries and two runs of 20-plus yards before he was injured. A lack of explosiveness has been Moreno’s biggest problem, as well as a lack of good health. He has missed five games since the start of last season.

If I had to guess, I’d say Denver will give Moreno one more season to prove himself, but he will not be the primary running back. The fact that McGahee has outshined him and that unheralded Lance Ball had 96 yards Sunday have to make the Broncos wonder if Moreno is expendable.

I could see Denver considering taking a running back high in the draft or during free agency next year, all while Moreno recovers from this most serious NFL ailment.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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