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Laurence Maroney Traded to Broncos for 2011 Pick

Sep 14, 2010 – 4:25 PM
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Laurence Maroney BroncosThe Patriots have traded RB Laurence Maroney to the Broncos, just two days after Maroney was inactive for New England's Week 1 victory over Cincinnati because of a groin injury. Denver sent a 2011 fourth-round pick to New England in the deal, while New England sent back a 2011 sixth-rounder in addition to Maroney.

Maroney led the Patriots in rushing last season with 757 yards and nine touchdowns. In four seasons with New England, Maroney accumulated 2,435 yards rushing.

In Denver, assuming he's healthy, Maroney will join a crowded backfield that's undergone its fair share of injuries already this season. The Broncos' No. 1 running back, Knowshon Moreno, missed a large chunk of the preseason with a hamstring injury -- he rushed for 60 yards on 15 carries Sunday in Denver's loss at Jacksonville. Moreno's backup, Correll Buckhalter, also missed extended preseason time with a back injury. He also returned for Week 1, but managed just 15 yards on six attempts.

Denver shuffled running backs in and out of town during training camp in an effort to secure some depth. The Broncos signed then released Justin Fargas, and also added LenDale White, who then landed on Injured Reserve with a torn ACL.

The Patriots got a 71-yard rushing performance from Fred Taylor in Week 1. He appears to have locked down the team's No. 1 RB spot, with backups Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis making Maroney expendable.
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