Monday, August 20, 2007

Tailback conundrum

Selvin Young better be ready for a long day Saturday, when the Denver Broncos play Cleveland in a preseason game.
Young, the Broncos’ fifth-string tailback, is one of the few upright running backs for the Broncos. Young and Cecil Sapp were the only two tailbacks able to practice Monday. Travis Henry, Mike Bell and Andre Hall were out with injuries.
Henry and Bell could return for the regular season opener. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan indicated Henry’s knee injury was minor and he might return for this week’s preseason game. But the Broncos aren’t likely to risk Henry getting injured further in a game that doesn’t count. Sapp is fine, but with the tailback situation so tenuous, the Broncos can’t afford to get him hurt in a preseason game either. Hall has dealt with a hamstring injury and could play if he improves during the week, but he didn’t practice Monday.
That leaves Young. An undrafted rookie from Texas, Young might get a lot of carries to get the Broncos through the game, like in baseball when a relief pitcher is asked to eat up innings in a blowout. That actually is a great opportunity for Young, who is trying to make the team, but has to be a bit concerning for the Broncos.

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