Well, we got our answer on Tatum Bell … he won’t carry the football at all.
The Broncos deactivated Bell, which will leave the balance of the rushing duties to undrafted rookie Mike Bell, who would then become the first rookie to start at running back for Denver since Quentin Grffin on Dec. 28, 2003 at Green Bay, when he replaced Clinton Portis.
The backfield behind Jake Plummer will indeed be a backup backfield, as fullback Kyle Johnson is also among the inactives, leaving Cecil Sapp to make his second start in three weeks.
Quincy Morgan will be inactive in his return to Pittsburgh, with whom he spent last season returning kickoffs before suffering a season-ending injury in their wild-card win at Cincinnati last Jan. 8.
Joining Johnson, Morgan and Tatum Bell on the inactives are safety Hamza Abdullah, wide receiver Todd Devoe, guard Chris Kuper, linebacker Nate Webster and defensive lineman Kenny Peterson.
Tight end Nate Jackson is back up on the active roster after being deactivated last week. Undrafted rookie Brian Clark is also back up among the players; he made his NFL debut as kickoff returner last week and leads the team in average per kickoff return (25.0 yards).
Cedric Cobbs is also back on the 45-man active roster for the first time since Week 2, and Gerard Warren returns after missing last week’s loss to the Colts.
More to come from Heinz Field ….