Broncos Steal Veteran Running Back From Saints After Javonte Williams Injury

The Denver Broncos have stolen a veteran running back from the New Orleans Saints' practice squad in the wake of Javonte Williams' injury. | (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The Denver Broncos are reeling after losing promising running back Javonte Williams for the rest of the season. With a short turnaround in Week 5, though, the team has wasted no time in shoring up its RB depth.

On Monday night, Denver stole a veteran running back from the New Orleans Saints' practice squad.

Broncos Latavius Murray

The Broncos are signing Latavius Murray to their active roster after the Williams injury. New Orleans let Murray revert back to the practice squad after calling him up this past Sunday to play against the Minnesota Vikings. That opened the door for Murray to be poached if he was added to a team's official 53-man roster, which Denver did ahead of Week 5.

It'd be no surprise to see the Saints regret this given how good Murray looked against Minnesota. He handed 11 carries, which he turned into 57 yards and a touchdown. He clearly played better than fellow backup Mark Ingram, who only earned 30 yards on 10 carries with Alvin Kamara sidelined.

Murray will now join Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone as the Broncos trot out a committee to fill Williams' shoes. With over 5,500 yards and 50 career rushing TDs to his name, Murray is more than capable of stepping up for his new team.

It's unclear if Murray will make his Denver debut against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. The Broncos are slight 3.5-point favorites ahead of that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportbook's NFL odds.

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