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Knowshon Moreno could be headed for reduced role in Broncos backfield

Knowshon Moreno, Dominique Barber

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) slips past Houston Texans safety Dominique Barber for a first down in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Denver. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski )


The Broncos didn’t draft a running back this year, but that doesn’t mean Knowshon Moreno’s status as the team’s primary running back is safe.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos want a “big back” and now envision Moreno as being “more of a situational player.” Legwold thinks Moreno is headed for a third down role.

If that’s the case, the Broncos will be active in free agency. They should be in the mix for DeAngelo Williams, Fox’s old buddy in Carolina. Legwold also expects the team to show interest in fullback Mike Karney.

Moreno has the pedigree of an elite running back -- he was taken No. 13 overall -- but we can’t argue with this plan. Injuries have been a problem for Moreno and he could benefit from splitting the workload.

Some “big backs” that could be available this offseason include Cedric Benson and Ronnie Brown.