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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Elvis Dumervil Could Miss the 2010 Season

Denver Broncos' star outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil tore his pectoral muscle today and will likely require surgery, just a month after signing a six year, $43.2 million contract.  The earliest Dumervil could be back is mid-November, but he may miss the entire year.

So what does this mean for the Broncos' season?  Well, they obviously lost an elite pass-rusher who amassed 17 sacks and four forced fumbles.  The Broncos' next OLB is listed as Jarvis Moss who has 3.5 sacks in his three year career after being a first round pick by the Broncos.  I could definitely see Denver signing a veteran free agent to play most or all of the season, but Dumervil's production at OLB cannot be matched.

Not only will the Broncos lose a considerable amount of sacks from this position, but this will allow quarterbacks to scan the field longer and pick apart the Broncos' aging secondary.  This is a HUGE blow to the Broncos who already looked to be facing a tough season, but the loss of Dumervil alone will likely cause the Broncos to lose one or two games they would have won before.

Broncos Prediction: 6-10

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