August 10, 2005

Denver’s Clarett misses work-out

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A sore groin prevented Denver Broncos
rookie running back Maurice Clarett from practising in Houston
where the Broncos and Texans worked out ahead of their
exhibition game Saturday.

"Well, if you cannot play, you cannot move up the depth
chart. That is common sense," said coach Mike Shanahan on
Wednesday. He told reporters testing had shown Clarett's injury
not to be serious.

According to the team's Web site, Mike Anderson, Tatum
Bell, Quentin Griffin and Ron Dayne rank ahead of Clarett.

Clarett starred at Ohio State in 2002 as a freshman, then
was suspended the next season for taking improper benefits. He
tried to enter the NFL early but failed to change a league rule
requiring players to be out of high school for three years.

Once considered a possible top draft pick, Clarett did not
impress scouts before the April 2005 draft, causing him to
plunge to the end of the third round.