Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno practiced on Thursday, all but ensuring his availability for Denver's showdown with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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Coach John Fox told reporters that Moreno was a limited participant after missing the final handful of possessions against the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game with a rib injury.
The Broncos use more than one runner, but Moreno is the closest thing Denver has to a foundation back after leading the team with 241 carries for 1,038 yards this season. Rookie Montee Ball has seen an increased workload of late, with double-digit carries in five of his last seven games and 22 rushes for 95 yards in two playoff wins.
Denver's ground game played a key role against New England, converting third downs and helping to chew the clock. That might be more important than ever against Seattle's historically nasty pass defense.
Also for the Broncos, kicker Matt Prater was dismissed Thursday because of illness and defensive tackle Mitch Unrein missed the session with a knee injury.
The latest "Around The League Podcast" looked at weaknesses for the two Super Bowl teams.