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Moreno’s return to practice a positive sign for Week One status

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By Michael Blunda

You have to practice before you can play, so Knowshon Moreno's return to workouts is a step in the right direction for owners banking on him in Week One.

Moreno, who reportedly suffered a slight hamstring tear on Aug. 1 and has been sidelined ever since, practiced with the Broncos for the first time in a month on Tuesday. Although he wore a non-contact jersey to avoid taking any hits, Denver's starting back said he was at about 80 percent physically.

With roughly a week and a half until the Broncos open the season at Jacksonville on Sept. 12, the fact that Moreno isn't far away from being at full strength is a great sign for him playing Week One. The team likely will be very careful with him in the days leading up to the opener — he's a long shot to suit up for Thursday's preseason finale at Minnesota — in hopes that he can anchor the backfield when the games actually count.

Considering how much excitement the second-year player conjured up with his praiseworthy offseason, owners should not be overly concerned about Moreno's hamstring when it comes to his fantasy value. He missed almost all of August a year ago and still had a productive campaign, and he's expected to be the focal point of this offense.

It remains a wise move to monitor Moreno's status over the next week, but indications are that he will be in the starting lineup against the Jaguars.

 

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