Posted Mon Nov 3rd by E. Halsey Miles
Both Andre Hall and Michael Pittman have been moved to the Injured Reserve list following Sunday’s loss to Miami, making bad news for the team continue to get worse.
Pittman, who had suffered a rib injury in the loss to the Patriots two weeks ago after appearing like he could the full time back in the Denver system came out of the game with a neck stinger in the second quarter. Hall suffered an unspecified injury to his left hand and despite a case of fumblitis against the Patriots, had an excellent return game.
There is still no news on D.J. Williams‘ MCL injury, but the early rumors don’t sound good. Wesley Woodyard stepped in to play for Williams after he went out, but as good as we all know Woodyard is, he is no DJ Williams and it showed at the end of the game.
With this loss, the Denver Broncos are down to just two running backs, both of whom are dealing with injuries, and one of whom has seen limited action. You can bet that the Broncos will search far and wide for a body, but with a running game that was terrible in Miami, the hopes and dreams of the Broncos running game now rests solely on the untested Torain’s shoulders.
(Ed: The Broncos also signed third-year DT Matthias Askew to its practice squad. Full press release after the jump.)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Monday placed running backs Andre Hall (left hand) and Michael Pittman (neck) on their reserve/injured list, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. Both players were injured during Denver’s game against Miami on Sunday.
The club also on Monday signed defensive tackle Matthias Askew to its practice squad.
Hall, a second-year running back in his second year with the Broncos, saw time in all eight games for Denver this year and registered 35 rushes for 144 yards (4.1 avg.) along with three receptions for 25 yards (8.3 avg.). He also returned a team-high 21 kickoffs for 469 yards (22.3 avg.) and tied for the Broncos’ team lead with six special-teams tackles (5 kickoff, 1 punt).
Pittman, an 11th-year running back in his first year with the Broncos, appeared in all eight games (3 starts) for Denver this year and posted 76 rushes for 320 yards (4.2 avg.) with four touchdowns along with 10 receptions for 112 yards (11.2 avg.). He recorded his 11th career 100-yard rushing game with 109 yards on 20 carries (5.5 avg.) during the Broncos’ game vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 12.
Askew (6-foot-5, 302 pounds) is a third-year defensive tackle who joins the Broncos’ practice squad after competing in the Redskins’ 2008 training camp. Selected by Cincinnati in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft from Michigan State University, Askew has appeared in six career games (all with the Bengals) and owns six tackles (2 solo) along with one forced fumble. He was a two-time all-state selection at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was born on July 1, 1982.