Torain sent packing

Running back Ryan Torain had precious little luck during his short time with the Denver Broncos.

He slipped in the draft last year because of a foot injury. Denver took him in the fifth round, and he was moving up the depth chart before an elbow injury knocked him out for a few months. He had 68 yards in the first half of his first NFL start at Cleveland, then tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Torain lost his biggest supporter, coach Mike Shanahan, in the offseason, then hurt his right knee during training camp. He was waived Wednesday because of the injury.

“He’s going to end up somewhere once he gets himself together healthy,” running back LaMont Jordan said.

The team signed Marcus Thomas, a fifth-round pick of the Chargers last year who spent time with Dallas, Detroit and Cleveland after San Diego let him go. The Broncos also got some additional depth at tailback when Jordan returned to practice. He had been out since Sunday with a leg injury.

Moreno will play a lot

Correll Buckhalter took every repetition during practice as the top tailback ahead of Knowshon Moreno, as he has done all week. Buckhalter is also listed as the starter on this week’s depth chart. Moreno was listed fourth on the depth chart, but has been the second back during practice all week and spent a lot of time with the first team. Moreno should get a lot of playing time Friday night at San Francisco.

“All our rookies and all our young kids need to play a lot,” coach Josh McDaniels said.