It’s been almost a weekly occurance for the Denver Broncos this season — putting another running back on injured reserve. On Monday, the Broncos designated two more running backs as out for the season. This time it was P.J. Pope (hamstring) and Selvin Young (herniated disc), who were both injured in Sunday’s loss to the Bills.
The Broncos have now placed seven running backs on the IR this season, with Pope and Young joining Michael Pittman, Ryan Torain, Peyton Hillis, Andre Hall and Anthony Alridge.
“I think anything is possible, but I would say you were completely nuts if you said we were going to go through seven or eight running backs,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan said Pope will be sidelined six to eight weeks after tearing his hamstring. Young, who injured his back early in the first quarter but returned to play, had an MRI exam on Monday that confirmed a ruptured disc.
“It shows a lot about his toughness to be able to play the way he did with a ruptured disc,” said Shanahan. “He knew we needed him in the game and he kept on playing. It is obviously not good news.”
The Broncos, who could now turn to Tatum Bell as the starter (he has started two of six games since being signed in mid-November), signed Cory Boyd and Alex Haynes from the practice squad to provide depth.