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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Torain hopes to fight way up Denver's depth chart

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Ryan Torain just wants stay healthy.

That's the key for him. The hard-luck tailback has practiced without any injury issues for more than two weeks. That's his NFL record.

Torain, highly coveted by the previous regime in Denver as a fifth round selection out of Arizona State last year, was starring early in camp last season and former Denver coach Mike Shanahan compared him to former Denver star running back Terrell Davis.

Then, Torain, 23, who fought the injury bug in college, suffered an elbow surgery in camp and it cost him three months. Torain came back and had 12 carries for 68 yards and was dominating the Browns. But he tore his ACL in the game, ending his season.

The former Shanahan golden boy became buried on the Denver depth chart as new Denver coach Josh McDaniels brought in several running backs, including first-round pick Knowshon Moreno. If Torain has a future in Denver, he will have to work his way up. He hasn't been getting many repetitions lately. However, his biggest goal is to stay healthy.

'If I can keep practicing and stay healthy, everything is going to work out well," Torain said. "I know I have a lot of competition to make this team, but I feel like I have the ability. I just have to stay healthy and show I can do it."