Former Gamecock Cory Boyd's NFL debut will have to wait.
Boyd, recently signed by the Denver Broncos off their practice squad because of injuries, was deactivated Sunday and didn't play against the Carolina Panthers.
A seventh-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was the Gamecocks' leading rusher last season with 903 yards on 180 carries. He was the only USC player taken in the 2007 draft.
Boyd this week appeared to have the best chance of his young career to see game action. The Broncos have gone through a bevy of backs, with rookie Peyton Hillis becoming the latest to get hurt, tearing his right hamstring against Kansas City a week ago.
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The Denver Post reported that Boyd got much of the action in practice Wednesday but mostly stood and watched on Thursday.
Tatum Bell, P.J. Pope and the previously injured Selvin Young all played Sunday against the Panthers. Pope led the Broncos' rushers with 51 yards on seven carries.
Carolina defeated Denver 30-10.
Boyd had 464 carries for 2,267 yards in his career at South Carolina.