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The Denver Post reports that last year’s NFL sack leader, who claims the third-most sacks over the last three years, suffered a torn right pectoral muscle, an injury that will likely keep him sidelined for the entire 2010 season.
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Dumervil is about two weeks into a five-year, $43 million contract, which is guaranteed against injury. He could have surgery as soon as this weekend, and the Broncos will have to figure out what they’ll do now to absorb the loss of the team’s most potent defensive weapon.
Jarvis Moss (pictured), a linebacker/end who’s been largely disappointing since being drafted in 2007, will feel increased pressure in having to step into Dumervil’s spot, and linebacker Mario Haggan will also see some time in the position. The Boston Herald points out that the Broncos could make a run at linebacker Derrick Burgess or Aaron Schoebel, a defensive end formerly of the Buffalo Bills.
Whatever they do, you can’t help but sense the team is fighting some bad luck right now. CBS Sports notes the team’s run of injuries heading into the 2010 season, and perhaps the only question is, Who’s next? Besides Ryan Clady, Knowshon Moreno, and Correll Buckhalter, the Broncos’ camp is also missing Brian Dawkins and D.J. Williams, with no word on what’s keeping them off the field.