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Knowshon Moreno’s knee still a problem

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno celebrates scoring a Denver touchdown in the second quarter of their NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Denver Reuters

Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno suffered a knee injury in Denver’s playoff loss to Baltimore, and four and a half months later he still can’t participate in Organized Team Activities.

The Denver Post reports that Moreno had a stem-cell procedure on his knee and has been sidelined for OTAs. There’s no word on when he’ll be back to full speed.

“He’s coming along,” coach John Fox said. “We’re going to be very cautious. When the doctors give him the full-go go-ahead, he’ll be doing everything.”

Whenever he does get to full speed, Moreno will be competing for his job. Although he finished last season as the starting running back after Willis McGahee went down with a knee injury of his own, Moreno is part of a crowded backfield that has added second-round draft pick Montee Ball to go with Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball and Jacob Hester.

If Montee Ball plays well enough in training camp to make the Broncos’ coaches believe he can start as a rookie, either Moreno or McGahee would likely become expendable. Every day Moreno stands on the sidelines is a day he can’t prove that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

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25 Responses to “Knowshon Moreno’s knee still a problem”
  1. packerbackernj says: Jun 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    Shocker.

  2. lagg1 says: Jun 1, 2013 11:59 AM

    The Broncos ought to cut this guy loose. He has had more physical problems than most people have had hot meals.

  3. vondoom92 says: Jun 1, 2013 12:06 PM

    Give him until pre-season. He has more ability and youth than McGahee. I say cut McGahee loose. If Moreno cant get healthy by pre-season, then I think he needs to go.

  4. trollingforjustice says: Jun 1, 2013 12:27 PM

    There is a reason why his nickname is”NO-SHOW”

  5. thesteelers says: Jun 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    Bust. Loser. Done for. Something to laugh at.

  6. micknangold says: Jun 1, 2013 12:48 PM

    thesteelers says: Jun 1, 2013 12:34 PM

    “Bust. Loser. Done for. Something to laugh at. Just like me.”

    FTFY

    But yeah, I’d say this point Moreno and McGahee are both expendable. Don’t forget they have Hillman too.

  7. raqaiw says: Jun 1, 2013 12:54 PM

    Moreno gets hurt in the playoff loss and fans say cut him. Peyton has 3 turnovers in the same game and fans want a statue made in his likeness. Brilliant.

  8. gloryfromheaven says: Jun 1, 2013 12:59 PM

    Moreno is more fragile then a damn piece of bread. I hope he gets released, one of the Broncos biggest bust’s in there franchise. Ball and Hillman all day!

  9. bigpap says: Jun 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    I’m trying to get this straight.

    Moreno got hurt in January. its now June, and nothing’ been done about the injury?

    Elway musta been kneeling in front of Manning for so long he forgot to check in on everyone else.

  10. malvaren18 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:12 PM

    Get rid of Moreno

  11. snaponrules says: Jun 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    Another of the great draft picks of the josh McMoron era.

  12. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jun 1, 2013 2:44 PM

    He’s a stud when healthy, but…

  13. gmsalpha says: Jun 1, 2013 3:32 PM

    The Broncos don’t need Moreno because they have Balls.

  14. jrebar88 says: Jun 1, 2013 3:36 PM

    thesteelers says:
    Jun 1, 2013 12:34 PM
    Bust. Loser. Done for. Something to laugh at.

    ____

    Like the Steelers season opener last year

  15. bigboysmash says: Jun 1, 2013 3:40 PM

    Fans forget that in the first ravens game in Baltimore he carried the offense and was crazy on 3rd downs. He wore down that defense and ran hard. If he’s healthy he is a stud. This from a REAL Ravens fan.

  16. usapirates says: Jun 1, 2013 4:08 PM

    I blame No show for the divisional playoff loss last year. He went down and Peyton had to once again put a team on his back.

  17. robbroncsncali says: Jun 1, 2013 5:21 PM

    Hey now. Let’s all take a deep breath and relax….plz. Now, if Knowshon Moreno can’t be called upon to perform on game-day 1. Then and only then do we/I say hasta la vista. Casuse we are in the “What have you for me lately league”.

  18. trollingforjustice says: Jun 1, 2013 6:03 PM

    i bet you are glad this isn’t the “english ” league

  19. fubar5150 says: Jun 1, 2013 6:25 PM

    Cut him should have gotten Bradshaw

  20. jbaxt says: Jun 1, 2013 8:56 PM

    Donkeys will be the 3rd place team in the west, facial.

  21. malachiofcourse says: Jun 1, 2013 9:28 PM

    the td catch an preceding route he hurt himself on were beauties tho

  22. sdchicken says: Jun 2, 2013 1:18 AM

    The fact that they drafted M Ball is very telling…they don’t think Hillman is more than a change of pace, 3rd down back. Lance Ball is the cheap utility guy. Knowshon or Willis will be cut.

  23. sportfreak1996 says: Jun 2, 2013 4:19 AM

    The smart move in real life would be to cut the injured Knowshon, keep McGahee to help combo with or backup Ball.

    However, there’s cap considerations in the NFL world, and economically it’s gonna make more sense to dump McGahee if the option is one or the other.

    Knowshon has cap hit of $3.287m this year, but due to incentives he’s already earned, if he’s released they’ll still take a hit of $2.342m, only a savings of $945k. In addition, he’s a relative bargain in 2014 at Age 26 if healthy for only a $2.065m cap number, or would cost $755k to release.

    On the other hand, McGahee has a $3.00m cap hit this year, which is less than Knowshon, however if he is released they are only on the hook for $1.00m in remaining signing bonuses, a savings of $2.00m (more than twice the Moreno savings); he would cost $500k to cut in 2014.

    Cut Knowshon this year = Save $945k, Eat $2.342m;
    Cut McGahee this year = Save $2.00m, Eat $1.00m
    Which would you chose?

    And if/when they put Knowshon on IR, they collect insurance money.

  24. joetoronto says: Jun 2, 2013 5:08 AM

    It’s just his way of disappearing, Manning does it with picks.

  25. nodindenver says: Jun 3, 2013 11:37 PM

    I would have knee problems too if I had a class act like Ball about ready to make my expendable a$$ even more expendable. That is what happens when you drive around sauced in your Bentley. He will be handing out phones at T-Mobile with Tatum Bell soon while Ball is moving the chains. No Show is once again NO GO!

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