Thursday, August 13, 2009

Farewell Ryan, watch out Brandon, and more...

Ryan Torain's star-crossed NFL career just took another sad turn, as the once-promising second-year player has incurred yet another knee injury. The Broncos waived him as a result. He'll likely get another chance somewhere, but he's running out of lives.

Also in Denver, Brandon Marshall remains a training camp no-show due to his hip and hamstring problems, and he's due in court today to address a misdemeanor battery charge filed by an ex-girlfriend. If he's convicted, you can bet NFL Commish Roger Goodell will come down hard on the trouble-making WR.

And if that wasn't enough Broncos news for you...As expected, Knowshon Moreno will open the preseason as the team's starting RB. Discount all the great things you've been hearing about Correll Buckhalter, LaMont Jordan and Peyton Hillis throughout training camp and the preseason. This backfield will be Moreno's, and he is the only RB worth drafting on that roster. The other guys, barring injury, are just window-dressing.

In New York, head coach Rex Ryan did his best to stifle rumors that the Jets were seeking to trade 2008 AFC rushing champ Thomas Jones. He claims there was no truth to the reports, and that he'd be crazy to want to get rid of that kind of talent.

I have to agree; but then again, with Leon Washington and electrifying rookie Shonn Greene just waiting for their chances to shine, it's not inconceivable that the Jets would be willing to part ways with the aging and disgruntled Jones if the right offer was presented. Keep an eye on this one. Where there's smoke, there's often at least a spark...

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