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The Denver Broncos rushed for just 89 yards between four people in their season debut this weekend, so it’s not surprising that the team has brought on a new rusher. But their choice—Laurence Maroney, a former first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots—is somewhat odd. Although Maroney was a first-rounder in 2006, The Boston Globe describes him as “oft-confounding” for his lack of ability to realize potential and mentions that he hasn’t played a full season in his four-year career because of injuries. The Patriots didn’t value Maroney very highly, considering they gave him up for a fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft.
The Denver Post reports that Maroney may not contribute right away due to a thigh injury, but his familiarity with coach Josh McDaniels’ offensive scheme should have him in the lineup as soon as he’s healthy.
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Meanwhile, legendary former Bronco Shannon Sharpe is leaving his gig as a CBS Sports commentator after being accused of sexual assault. SportsbyBrooks writes that an Atlanta woman was granted a restraining order against Sharpe, saying he forced her to have sex with him, threatened her life, and stalked her. A September 20 hearing will determine whether the allegations have merit, but in the meantime, Sharpe has chosen to “step aside” from his on-air role with CBS.