The Broncos received more bad news on the injury front Monday. Peyton Hillis will miss the remainder of the season with a torn hamstring. Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced during his Monday press conference that Hillis’ injury will take eight weeks to heal, forcing the rookie rusher to be placed on injured reserve.
For fellow rusher Cory Boyd, this means he is getting his opportunity. Shanahan said that the team will be elevating Boyd from its practice squad.
Boyd said getting his opportunity by way of Hillis’ injury is bittersweet, but that he is looking forward to making the most of it.
“I am just thankful that God has placed me with this team — to be able and go out and do these types of things,” he said. “Unfortunately there had to be a lot of injuries for me to get here. But Peyton has carried the team for a good while. Every running back that has been called upon after injury has stepped up and done everything they have needed to do.”
Boyd said Hillis made a special point to approach him and tell him to make the most of whatever opportunity he gets — just as Hillis had done when given his opportunity due to injuries.
“Peyton even came to me yesterday after the game and said, ‘This is God’s will — it happened for a reason.’ It brought a tear to my eye,” Boyd said. “He is a good player, he is team player.”
Shanahan said Boyd’s potential playing status would depend on how fast he picks up the offense, but added he is a talent the Broncos always had their eye on.
“He is a guy that we liked out of South Carolina,” Shanahan said. “We talked to him early in the seventh round and we were hoping that he would not get drafted because we liked a lot of the things he did. When he was released by Tampa Bay and we had some injuries, we brought him back as quickly as we could. He looks good.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com