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Broncos vs. Chiefs: Knowshon Moreno's time to shine

Former 2009 first round draft pick Knowshon Moreno will have to step up for the Broncos with the loss of running back Willis McGahee for the remainder of the regular season.

Jamie Squire

The Denver Broncos head to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to face the woeful Kansas City Chiefs, but Denver will be without a key offensive component on Sunday and for the rest of the regular season: running back Willis McGahee. Asked to step up in his place? Former first round pick Knowshon Moreno, a disappointment in Denver since he was drafted in 2009. Via Mike Klis of the Denver Post:

Back at Arrowhead on Sunday, Moreno's career has a chance to go downside up. After going from first-round draft pick to eight consecutive inactive lists, Moreno may well go from no uniform to starter.

The former Georgia standout has not been seen since Denver's Week 2 contest against Atlanta, when Moreno fumbled in the second quarter. He spent the rest of that game on the sideline and has been a game-time scratch in the Broncos' next eight games.

Moreno, the No. 12 pick in that 2009 draft, rushed for 947 yards his rookie season, but on 247 carries. He began to settle into a role as a complementary second back to McGahee before tearing his ACL in November of 2011, against these very same Kansas City Chiefs.

Kickoff between the Broncos and Chiefs is scheduled for 11 a.m. MT.