The Denver Broncos suffered a devastating blow Sunday as they lost their season-leading forward Javonte Williams after he NFL media reports that Denver is signing Latavius Murray from the New Orleans Saints practice team.against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos reportedly hired the veteran to make up for this loss.
Murray actually played in his first game of the season last Sunday, rushing for 57 yards and one touching 11 carries in London, where the Saints lost 28-25 to the Minnesota Vikings. He was moved to the active roster this week, with Elvin Camara out of action with a rib injury.
Murray was originally selected in the sixth round by the Oakland Raiders back in 2013. The UCF product scored a career-high 1,066 yards and six touchdowns in his third season in the NFL. Murray also spent time with the Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he scored 501 yards and six touchdowns last season. Murray, now 32, shows a veteran offensive presence that has been disappointing so far.
The Broncos are down 2-2 to the previously unbeaten Raiders and are 18th in offense in the league, averaging 109.5 yards per game. With Williams out of action for a year, Melvin Gordon remains a starter in running back. However, Gordon has fumbled four times in the four games played this season, and freshman head coach Nathaniel Hackett appears ready to use multiple quarterbacks, Mike Boone and now Murray, in his system.