Torain's elbow injury healing quicker than expected

The Denver Broncos got some encouraging news Thursday regarding rookie tailback Ryan Torain, who recently underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his left elbow. He was expected to be out for three months.

Torain was told by his doctor on Thursday the elbow is healing better than he expected, Torain's agent Troy Asmus, said. As a result, Torain may miss significantly less time. The target date for Torain's return is Oct. 20, a Monday night game at New England.

"That is the game that everyone now has circled," Asmus said. "It's really good news."

Torain, a fifth-round pick from Arizona State, injured his elbow during training camp practice on Aug. 6. He had surgery two days later. Torain was having an excellent training camp and many thought he could become Denver's primary tailback -- starting the season in a rotation with starter Selvin Young.

Denver loves Torain's size (6-foot-1, 225 pounds) and speed. He is a downhill runner who is perfectly suited for the Broncos' zone-blocking style.

Asmus said Torain is rehabilitating and is recharged by this latest news.

"Ryan is encouraged by this," Asmus said. "Now it looks like he may be back for a significant part of the season."

Bill Williamson covers the NFL for ESPN.com.