Battered Broncos Shore Up Backfield

By: AP
By: AP

Next in line in the Denver Broncos' battered backfield is free agent Alex Haynes, who signed with the team Monday after rookie Ryan Torain was placed on injured reserve.

Haynes says he's been blessed, but the Broncos seem to have been cursed in the backfield this season, losing all four of their tailbacks to injuries.

Torain is the team's third tailback lost for the season in the last week. Michael Pittman and Andre Hall were placed on IR last week, joining Anthony Alridge, who was hurt in the preseason.

Torain tore his left ACL in Denver's 34-30 win at Cleveland on Thursday night. Making his first NFL start after missing the first half of the season with a fractured elbow, Torain gained 68 yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown before getting hurt during an awkward tackle in the second quarter.

Selvin Young replaced him but quickly aggravated a torn groin that had sidelined him since Oct. 5.


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