Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn right ACL during Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Chiefs, head coach John Fox said on Monday.
Moreno had four carries for 52 yards against the Chiefs before suffering his injury in the first quarter.
A 2009 first-round pick out of Georgia, Moreno had 1,726 yards and 12 touchdowns with 65 receptions for 585 yards and five receiving touchdowns over his first two seasons in the league, but has been slowed by a hamstring injury and fell behind Willis McGahee on the depth chart. Through seven games in 2011, Moreno had just 179 yards and 11 receptions on the season.
In addition to Moreno, McGahee suffered an injury in the first quarter on Sunday, leaving Lance Ball and Tim Tebow to carry the rushing load. Ball had a career-high 30 carries for 96 yards, while Tebow had nine attempts for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Fox said that McGahee had been cleared to return to the field, but the team opted to hold him out.
“He was cleared to come back in the game, we weren’t going to put him in there unless it was an emergency,” said Fox.
The Broncos host the New York Jets on Thursday night.