Good work, Tatum. Earlier this season it looked as though your only contribution to the 2008 NFL Season would be your cunning acquisition of Rudi Johnsonâ€™s luggage. Now, though, with Denver down to their 8th string running back after Peyton Hillisâ€™ injury, it looks like youâ€™ll get a chance to be an every-down back for a couple of weeks.
Myth: The Broncos had to put 3 RBs on the IR to get Tatum Bell playing time.
Fact: The Broncos had to put 4 RBs on the IR to get Tatum Bell playing time.
These next few weeks will put coach Mike Shanahanâ€™s revolving backfield to the testâ€”if the teamsâ€™ 6th (at least) RB can put up decent numbers, then just about anyone can. Hell, who would have bet that Peyton Hillis would be a late season fantasy factor above his fellow RB rookies from Arkansas, Felix Jones and Darren McFadden? Bell will get some chances because, well, thereâ€™s nobody else. At least nobody has slipped on a McDonalds bag yet…Â
Before you go grab Bell and put him in your lineup, consider that the Broncos all but have the AFC Weak, errr, AFC West, wrapped up. Why risk losing yet another back when you can air it out to your heartâ€™s content and save him for the Wild-Card round? Bell should get some chances and be a decent flex option if you own one of several RBs who went down Sunday (Portis, Gore, Jacobs, Addai, and the aforementioned Hillis).
Honorable mention goes to Dominic Rhodes, who should get a chance to shine following another disappointing performance from the injury riddled Joseph Addai, after a 1.5 year hiatus in Oakland and as Addaiâ€™s backup. Now with two injuries (that the Colts admit to, at least), Addai should get some quality time with Jim Sorgi and the other clipboard kings, with the Colts having all but locked up a playoff spot of their own after a slow start. And facing the Lions this week, Rhodes could have a big game.
Also considered: Tashard Choice RB-Dal, Derrick Ward RB-NYG, Pierre Thomas RB-NOW, Steve Smith WR-NYG, Deion Branch WR-SEA, Tavaris Jackson QB-MIN
Johnson Accuses Bell In Luggage Theft [ESPN]
Broncos’ Brandon Marshall Claims He Was Hurt Slipping on a McDonald’s Wrapper [AOL Fanhouse]