Broncos find new horse

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 12:00am

It seems like the Broncos knew what they were doing when they traded running back Clinton Portis to the Redskins for cornerback Champ Bailey.

While Denver entered the season figuring its rushing yards would come from a group that included Quentin Griffin, Tatum Bell or Garrison Hearst, no one could have imagined that the starter the past two weeks would be Reuben Droughns.

In wins over Carolina and Oakland, Droughns has shockingly carried the ball 68 times for 369 yards. He was 30-for-193 against the Panthers and 38-for-176 Sunday against the Raiders. The 38 carries is a team record for a non-overtime game.

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