Moreno expected to be ready for opener

Updated: August 15, 2009, 4:16 PM ET
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com

The Denver Broncos, who lost seven tailbacks to injury in 2008, dodged a potential major problem when an MRI showed that rookie running back Knowshon Moreno has a mild MCL sprain in his knee, a source close to the situation said Saturday. He suffered the injury Friday night in Denver's preseason opener at San Francisco.

Moreno will be monitored carefully and he will likely miss some time as a precaution. But at this point, he should be ready for the Broncos' Sept. 13 season opener at Cincinnati.

Moreno was the No. 12 overall draft pick in April out of Georgia. He is expected to have a major role in Denver's offense. He looked excellent in his limited playing time against the 49ers. He had 18 yards on three carries before leaving for the locker room because of the injury.

Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.

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