After rushing for a combined 199 yards against the Chiefs in Week 13, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter have each received a weekly award.
For an NFL high fourth time this season, Moreno has been named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week. The Georgia product rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 44-13 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. He is the only rookie to win the award four times this season, as Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez won it during Week 1 through Week 3.
With 113 rushing yards on 12 carries against the Chiefs, Buckhalter has been named FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week. The nine-year veteran is the first Bronco to win the award this season.
When asked how the two complement each other, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said each back has their own method to reach the edge of a defense.
“Buck’s maybe a little faster,” McDaniels said. “He’s got a great burst and is playing really well right now. Knowshon is a little bit of a slippery runner inside the tackles. A little bit more spin moves, those kind of moves.”
With those contrasting running styles in hand, McDaniels alluded to the biggest benefit the two provide — a fresh rotation that lasts for 60 minutes.
“Two definitely distinctively different running styles, and that’s a good thing when you can put those out there on the field and make the defense defend both,” McDaniels said.
The Broncos listed four players on Friday’s Week 14 Injury Report. A limited participant in Friday’s session, David Bruton (thigh) is questionable for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis. A trio of full participants on Friday — Josh Barrett (shoulder) , Brian Dawkins (ankle) and Kyle Orton (ankle) — are all listed as probable going into the matchup with the 12-0 Colts.
On the Colts side, there were three Friday changes. After missing practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, DE Robert Mathis (quad) was a full Friday participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
After not participating in Thursday’s session, Indianapolis WR Hank Baskett (personal reason) was a full participant on Friday and is probable to play on Sunday.
A limited participant in Thursday’s practice, Colts DT Daniel Muir (hamstring) was a full participant on Friday. He is questionable for Sunday’s game.
Here are some photos from the start of Friday’s practice.
– Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com