Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been lost for the year, announced head coach John Fox on Monday afternoon (via the Denver Post). Moreno tore his ACL in Sunday's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, rushing only four times for 52 yards. He began the day with a 24-yard rush. An MRI revealed the tear.
Moreno will be placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season. The team is likely to promote Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad, giving the back his second stint on the active roster this season. Willis McGahee is expected to be OK after a hamstring injury kept him out for the majority of Sunday's game.
Moreno's career with the Broncos has been one big disappointment after another since he was drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 draft by Josh McDaniels. Moreno came close to breaking the 1,000-yard mark as a rookie, falling 53 yards short. He then plodded through injury and ineffectiveness during 2010 before entering 2010 camp in good shape. However, injury and more ineffectiveness led to McGahee taking over for Moreno as starter.
How much longer will Moreno be in the Broncos' organization remains to be seen.