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Broncos without RB Moreno again

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Chaos has become the new normal for the Broncos running game. Knowshon Moreno is out again after pulling his left hamstring during practice Thursday, and Correll Buckhalter is expected to start against the Colts on Sunday.

"We've been dealing with this stuff all year," quarterback Kyle Orton said. "And whoever's in the huddle, we expect them to perform."

This is just the most recent injury for Moreno. He pulled his right hamstring the opening day of training camp and didn't return until Aug. 31, saving his on-field debut until the regular season. He has gained just 111 yards on 39 carries for a 2.8-yard average this season. Moreno also missed some time in the 2009 preseason as a rookie with a knee injury.

Denver's running game has been off to a dismal start overall. The team's 77 yards per game ranks 27th, and the Broncos are averaging just 2.4 yards on 63 rushing plays.

Buckhalter and newcomers Laurence Maroney and Andre Brown likely will share the load.

Steelers missing guard: Right guard Trai Essex (ankle) did not practice for a third consecutive day and will be replaced by undrafted free agent Doug Legursky for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. But former Gators left tackle Max Starks (ankle) will return and start.

Safe rides: More than two-thirds of the 32 teams have programs for players or team personnel to call when they have had too much to drink and need a ride. The NFL Players Association also has a program, and the league has one for nonplayers.

The union's round-the-clock program, which it took over from the league in 2009, is available in all NFL cities and some additional areas. There are no out-of-pocket fees for players except the cost of the ride. The NFL's program, Safe Ride Solutions, covers all other club and NFL employees.

The overlapping programs of the union and the Jets — theirs is called PlayerProtect — apparently were ignored by receiver Braylon Edwards. He was arraigned on drunken-driving charges Tuesday.

Twenty-two of the 32 teams told the Associated Press they have programs for the players that supplement the union's coverage. Six teams did not respond to requests for information on safe rides: Carolina, New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle.

Cowboys: Despite an 0-2 start, coach Wade Phillips still has owner Jerry Jones in his corner, according to a report on Asked by a radio station whether Jones had lost faith in Phillips, the owner was quoted as saying: "I can just give you a very affirmative 'no.' I do believe in Wade and the staff and the players."

Browns: Quarterback Jake Delhomme, who sprained his right ankle against the Bucs, has not practiced, so it appears Seneca Wallace will start against the Ravens.

Dolphins: Linebacker Channing Crowder is questionable because of a groin injury that forced the former Gator to miss the first two games.

Giants: Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara (ankle) is doubtful for the game against the Titans.

Jaguars: Justin Durant, who sprained his left ankle last week, was ruled out, so the team will face the Eagles' Michael Vick without its fastest linebacker. Second-year player Russell Allen is expected to replace Durant. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) practiced and is probable.

Jets: Center Nick Mangold (right shoulder) and linebacker Jason Taylor (left elbow) are listed as questionable but are expected to play at Miami.

Lions: Receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) and linebacker Zack Follett (concussion) will not play against the Vikings.

Redskins: Left tackle Trent Williams (left knee, toe) took part in a portion of practice and is questionable for the Rams game. Stephen Heyer will start if Williams doesn't play. Defensive lineman Anthony Bryant (concussion) is out.

Saints: Brittany Brees, wife of quarterback Drew Brees, vows to keep quiet until after the game if she goes into labor while her husband is playing the Bucs. Brittany is due to deliver a boy Oct. 18, a day after the Saints visit Tampa. She told 60 Minutes that if she goes into labor the day of the game, she will "get the drugs and just pretend everything's fine." Drew says that's fine with him.

Broncos without RB Moreno again 09/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 24, 2010 9:58pm]
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