Nine kids with nine women does not scream responsibility. Nor does allegations of marijuana use. Mike Shanahan finally saw that Travis Henry was bringing the Broncos to the land of nowhere fast. That’s why Henry was released on Monday. Shanahan has done a good job of clearing the cancer filled 2007-2008 roster by releasing Javon Walker (Mr. “me, me, me”), Todd Sauerbrun (Mr. “I’m going to kick to Devin Hester every chance I get”), and Henry (Mr. “I want to play somewhere else”).
Travis Henry led the league in rushing through the first 4 games of the 2007 season until injuries became a problem. Factor in the custody court case that revealed Henry’s promiscuous behavior and his positive drug test for marijuana. Follow that up by his recent hamstring injury in early May which showcased his unwillingness to push through the pain and practice with his teammates on Monday. No wonder he was released.
Shanahan said, “the release speaks volumes. You’ve got the little things, and if you don’t do the little things, obviously you can’t count on somebody.”
By signing Michael Pittman last week, the Broncos obviously saw Henry’s time with Denver coming to an end. They feel confident with Pittman (the veteran), Selvin Young (the breakout performer), and Ryan Torain (the rookie) possibly making up their core running group. Young might just get that opportunity to try for his 2,000 yard season.
Releasing the problem child is a great thing for this team. Now, let’s give these young kids a chance to run behind the Broncos storied offensive line. And please, stop trying to rescue these troubled players by bringing them to Denver, Mike!