Scheffler, Young should be back

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

It looks like the battered Broncos will get two key pieces of their offense back for Thursday night's game at Cleveland.

Both tight end Tony Scheffler and running back Selvin Young are expected to play against the Browns. They have both missed the past three games with groin injuries. Both are listed as questionable on the injury report.

Scheffler will give Denver quarterback Jay Cutler access to all of his favorite targets. The pass-catching tight end, along with Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley, has good field chemistry with Cutler. The Broncos have missed Scheffler. They have lost all three games he has missed.

Young will be needed as well. With starter Michael Pittman and backup Andre Hall put on injured reserve, the Broncos are down to rookie Ryan Torain, Young and P.J. Pope, who was elevated from the practice squad this week.

Expect a heavy dose of Torain and Young against Cleveland as Denver tries to rebound from its 14-yard rushing effort in a loss to Miami on Sunday. It was the second-lowest yardage total in Denver history. Denver coach Mike Shanahan, one of the most successful running coaches in the history of the NFL, has repeatedly called that effort "embarrassing."

Torain, who broke his elbow in early August, debuted against Miami had had 1 yard on three carries. He will likely run the ball much more against the Browns. However, he is not yet an accomplished blocker in the passing game so his play could be limited. Young will surely get his fair share of carries as well.