Posted Tue Sep 1st by Ian Henson
Possible good news for two thirds of the Denver Broncos backfield today, it looks as if rookie running back Knowshon Moreno and Kyle Orton could be available for the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in less than two weeks. Moreno returned to the practice field today, while there are mixed reports on Orton.
If Orton can’t go, Chris Simms may be able to overcome his “lower extremity” injury and start in his place.
The speculation on Orton came after The Denver Post reported Orton’s injury an “Open dislocation,” meaning Orton’s finger popped out of place so severely that it snapped and tore the skin from the inside out. Ouch, so Orton has stitches in the index finger of his throwing hand and here in may still lie the problem, we do not know how severe Simms ankle injury actually is…
We merely know that the Broncos, ‘aren’t ruling Simms out for week one.’ Josh McDaniels had this to say after practice Tuesday:
On if QB Kyle Orton will be ready for the regular season opener at Cincinnati
“I don’t know that. I am hopeful we will have all of our players ready to go on opening day. Again, the timetable for that, I would be totally guessing and (would be) probably wrong if I started guessing about that kind of stuff right now.”
On QB Chris Simms’ status
“Hopefully, he will be ready to go next week. He is doing a great job. He is doing everything he can do to get ready as soon as possible. He has got a great work ethic now in the training room. We all saw it on the field, in the weight room and everything else, but he is busting his butt to try to get out here as fast as he can. Hopefully, that will be sooner rather than later.”
The Tom Brandstater era may be a couple years early in Denver. Orton, although ‘mentally ready,’ may not be physically ready with the most important finger on his throwing hand diluted by stitches. Simms may be healthy, but high ankle sprains are tricky to say the least. A two-week recovery would be surprising. Head coach Josh McDaniels may be forced to make a very tough decision… Welcome to the NFL, Rookie indeed.
Speaking of Welcome to the NFL, Rookie be sure to catch Moreno tonight at 9 PM MST on ESPN 2.
Sorry for the scare Nation, but it is actually a possibility that Brandstater could be starting week one versus the Bengals. Though the fact that the Broncos are playing the Bengals in week one is probably a blessing (if we are forced to usher in the Brandstater era early). What do you think? Options?