Knowshon Moreno has been a big disappointment since being drafted 12th overall by the Denver Broncos in 2009, as injuries have helped hold him back since setting career-highs in rushing yards (947), rushing touchdowns (seven) and games played (16) as a rookie.
Moreno played the first two games last season after tearing his right ACL in November of 2011, but was then buried on the depth chart and inactive for multiple weeks. But he re-emerged as a force when Willis McGahee went down with a knee injury of his own, totaling 510 rushing yards on 130 carries over the final six regular season games.
Moreno re-injured his right knee during Denver’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and reportedly underwent a stem-cell procedure along with arthroscopic surgery to help fix the issue. There was speculation that either he or McGahee would be cut after the Broncos drafted Montee Ball in April, and that came to fruition with McGahee being released earlier this month. So Moreno looks likely to make Denver’s 53-man roster at this point, but Ball and second-year man Ronnie Hillman look certain to be ahead of him on the depth chart and Lance Ball will also be in the mix for a roster spot.
Moreno is unlikely to have a significant role for Denver this season in the final year of his contract, even if he avoids injury, so it would not be surprising to see him showcased for other teams during the preseason. His health will continue to be a question mark, and his recovery from the offseason knee procedures kept him from being a full-go for OTAs, but there could be a market for Moreno’s services if multiple teams are hit by injuries to their running backs. John Elway showed his chops as a front office executive by getting something for Tim Tebow last offseason, so if there’s a chance to get anything of value for Moreno look for the Broncos to find a way to get it done.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.