Mario Fannin's NFL dreams have been put off for another season. For the second straight year, the former Auburn running back has suffered a season-ending injury, this time a torn Achilles tendon.
Fannin, who joined the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2011, was hurt during the team's scrimmage yesterday; he tore an ACL during training camp last summer, almost a year to the day. The 24-year-old was expected to compete for a backup spot behind Willis McGahee, and had earned praise for his combination of size (5-11, 224) and speed (4.37-second forty time).
Behind McGahee, the injury to Fannin leaves Denver with rookie Ronnie Hillman, plus veterans Knowshon Moreno, Lance Ball, Jeremiah Johnson, and Xavier Omon on the roster. Once Fannin is waived and potentially placed on IR, it stands to reason the team will look to add another back to the roster for the sake of both competition and to have enough bodies for the rest of camp.