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Report: Broncos Sign RB Latavius Murray Off Saints' Practice Squad

Mile High Huddle on FanNation 10/4/2022 Zack Kelberman
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Necessary insurance after Javonte Williams' season-ending injury.

There's new blood in the Broncos' backfield.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday evening that Denver signed veteran running back Latavius Murray off the New Orleans Saints practice squad — a move necessitated by the loss of starting RB Javonte Williams.

"From the standpoint of bringing in a running back, anytime you bring somebody in, it's always hard to get them caught up with everything," head coach Nathaniel Hackett said earlier Monday. "We have a nice little learning platform for guys, because this is what happens in the league."

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A tenth-year vet on his fifth NFL team, Murray has accumulated 1,321 carries for 5,549 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns across 123 games with the Raiders (2013-16), Vikings (2017-18), Ravens (2021), and Saints (2019-2020, 2022). He owns a 4.2 career yards-per-carry average and has added 1,377 receiving yards and two TDs on 196 catches. He's fumbled only twice since 2016.

Murray's best campaign came with the Raiders in 2015, when the UCF product converted 266 totes into 1,066 yards and six scores, earning Pro Bowl honors.

Murray, 32, was signed to New Orleans' taxi squad on Sept. 13. He made his season debut Sunday, totaling 57 yards and one TD amid a 28-25 loss to Minnesota in London.

Considering the quick turnaround, it's unclear if Murray will play Thursday night when the Broncos kick off Week 5 by hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Once up to speed, however, he should mix in with Melvin Gordon and Mike Boone, comprising the club's new, Williams-less ground attack.

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