A day after linebacker D.J. Williams returned to practice, Bronco fans were greeted with more good news at the linebacker position. Mike Kils of the Denver Post said in a recent article, based on nearly everything he's been hearing, Elvis Dumervil is expected back this season. Kils went on to say, "Barring a setback in his rehab, expect Dumervil to return and play in 2010."
With the news comes more bad news, though, as linebacker Robert Ayers and tight end Marquez Branson both left today's practice session, just before Jabar Gaffney joined them in the training room. Fortunately, Ayers and Gaffney's injuries do not seem to be serious, ”I’m OK,” Ayers told the Denver Post. “‘I just got checked out. I’m fine.” Unlike Ayers, Branson doesn't look to be in good shape. Branson was taken off the field in a cart, and had to be helped down off the cart after not be able to put any weight on his right leg. Receiver Jabar Gaffney has an unspecified injury, and the severity of said injury is still unknown.
The three newly injured players join Chris Kuper (ankle), Eric Decker (ankle), Demaryius Thomas (foot), Elvis Dumervil (pectoral muscle) and Jarvis Moss (hand) as the most recent victims of what seems to be an injury curse hovering over Dove Valley.
The Broncos are hoping the players quickly recover and are ready to go on Sunday when the team plays their first preseason game against the Bengals. Photos used in this post were used courtesy of the Associated Press.