Dumervil may miss season with torn pec (AP)

Aug 5th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP)—NFL sacks king Elvis Dumervil(notes) might miss the season with
a torn chest muscle.

A person familiar with the injury to Dumervil told The Associated Press the
Denver Broncos pass rusher has torn his pectoral muscle and could be sidelined
up to five months.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because the
Broncos have not yet made an announcement.

A Broncos spokesman said coach Josh McDaniels was expected to address the
issue following Thursday afternoon’s workout.

ESPN first reported the extent of the injury Thursday. Dumervil was hurt at
practice Wednesday night, walking off the field clutching his right arm
following a defensive drill.

Dumervil led the league with 17 sacks in 2009 and parlayed his breakout
season into a five-year, $58.332 million extension last month that included
$43.168 million in guarantees, a record for a pass rusher.

Without Dumervil, the Broncos lack a bona fide pass rusher. Defensive
lineman Darrell Reid(notes) had four sacks last year, the most of any other returning
Broncos player.

But Reid is currently sidelined with a knee ailment and hasn’t participated
in training camp.

The other outside linebackers this season, former first-round picks Robert
Ayers
(notes)
and Jarvis Moss(notes), didn’t have a sack last year.

The Broncos were hoping that new nosetackle Jamal Williams(notes) would practice
for the first time at camp Thursday. McDaniels hasn’t said whether Williams has
been held out for injury or conditioning reasons. The 348-pound Williams was
brought in to help push the pocket and allow Dumervil to get to the quarterback
more often.

Now, that plan has to be altered.

Training camp has gotten off to a bad start for the Broncos. They lost their
top two tailbacks, Correll Buckhalter(notes) (back) and Knowshon Moreno(notes) (hamstring), on
the first day of camp.

Inside linebacker D.J. Williams(notes), one of the leaders of the defense, has
missed practices for unspecified reasons.

Just when the Broncos received backfield reinforcements by signing LenDale
White
(notes)
on Wednesday, their All-Pro linebacker got hurt.

Dumervil prospered last season in the Broncos’ new defensive look that
converted him from a classic 4-3 defensive end into a stand-up outside
linebacker in the 3-4.

Despite his diminutive stature—5-foot-11 and 248 pounds—Dumervil
possesses long arms and a low center of gravity, making him difficult to defend.

He has 43 sacks since being drafted in the fourth round out of the
University of Louisville in 2006.

The 26-year-old Dumervil was anticipating another big season, too, joking
around before camp began about the pressures of trying to defend his sacks
crown.

He was actually looking forward to the challenge.

Dumervil also admitted his new deal with the team took weight off his
shoulders.

AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this story.

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