From the moment last summer that Broncos coach Mike Shanahan compared rookie running back Ryan Torain to Terrell Davis, expectations have been high.
Sunday, Denver will get a glimpse of how accurate those comparisons are.
For the first time this season, Torain will be in uniform and on the field Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins. He is not expected to be in the starting lineup; Michael Pittman is supposed to start. But Torain is expected to split carries with Pittman and, if Torain can prove he is as good as Shanahan and others in the organization have thought, then his workload will increase quickly and dramatically.
But it also should be pointed out that Torain’s next carry will be his first in the NFL and his first in 386 days. Before Denver played a preseason game, Torain fractured his left ankle. Additionally, Torain suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot at Arizona State against the University of Washington last season. He hasn’t played in a game since then.
Now, after practicing with the Broncos last week, the team believes he is ready to play. Torain is a player to watch Sunday — and the rest of the season.