Injury news was running rampant in the Broncos locker room on Monday and players were quick to chime in on what this latest rash of injuries means to the Broncos season.
Hall/ Pittman Done for ’08
The biggest news of the day was the announcement that running backs Andre Hall and Michael Pittman had been placed on the team’s effectively ending their season.
One player that will have to step up in the absence of Hall and Pittman will be running back Ryan Torain who saw his first action as a Bronco against Miami on Sunday.
“It is a rough sport; injuries come and go,” he said. “You just have to stay focused and handle the adversity when it comes.”
Torain knows all too well about injuries, the rookie out of Arizona State suffered a elbow injury in training camp that had sidelined him until Sunday.
“I think I can carry the load.,” he said. “Getting back healthy with rehab and treatment. I stayed up with my conditioning.”
When asked how many carries he felt he could handle in a game situation, Torain didn’t hold back.
“However many times they want to give it to me,” he said.
Hillis on the RB Injuries
Torain wasn’t the only back chiming on the injury situation. Fullback Peyton Hillis was taken aback by the news
“It just hit me when I came in today,” he said. “Everybody is talking about Michael Pittman and Andre Hall being out. Those are two great leaders on our team that our out. It is very disappointing.”
Hillis said he is confident that the coaching staff will make the most of the teams healthy rushers.
“The coaches know what they are doing,” he said. “They know how to spread the ball around and who to go to. They watch film a lot and they know what the scheme of the defense is and how to use people. I just have to rely on my trust in them and I trust them to make the right decisions.”
Latest on D.J. Williams
The running back position wasn’t the only position hit with injuries on Sunday. D.J. Williams suffered a left knee injury adding to the woes of an already depleted linebacking corp.
Jamie Winborn spoke to Williams and said that Williams was in good spirits and anxious to recover so he can get back on the field.
Winborn said it is hard to put a timetable on a returning from an injury like Williams’s.
“It is kind of on a how he feels basis and we just hope that we can get him back as soon as possible,” he said.
Moss Ready for More
Jarvis Moss the first multiple sack game of his career on Sunday and said he is excited to get back out on the field and produce even more.
“I am feeling way more comfortable,” he said. “I am back into my old shoes. I still have a long way to go though. It is a long season left to play and there is a lot more improvement left to be done.”
“If we were to play tomorrow I would be ready.”
Quotable: “He has a lot of talent and I think that team will rally around him.”
- Jamie Winborn on the news that Brady Quinn will be starting at quarterback for Cleveland on Thursday.
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com