Buckhalter Diagnosed With 'Upper Back Pull,' Released From Hospital

As Broncos fans await word on the severity of Knowshon Moreno's hamstring injury, they can at least breathe a small sigh of relief now that news about Correll Buckhalter's condition has come in. As the Denver Post reports, his hospital stay is already over:

As a precaution, Broncos running back Correll Buckhalter was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he has already been treated and released, according to an NFL source. Buckhalter has an upper-back pull, after doctors checked his neck, back and spine.

As anybody who has ever suffered one can attest, pulled back muscles are both painful and insidious, as even an errant deep breath can aggravate the injury. Still, they're also relatively transient injuries, and Buckhalter should be fully recovered well before the beginning of the season six weeks from now. With Moreno's status for Week 1 fully in doubt, that's welcome news for the Broncos' suddenly fragile backfield situation.

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