The Denver Broncos could be without Elvis Dumervil and his 43 career sacks for the 2010 season after the linebacker suffered a torn pectoral muscle.
Dumervil is expected to miss about four months, which means he might be able to return late this season.
Dumervil is going for another opinion to get a more specific idea of how much time he would miss so the Broncos can figure out how to best handle the situation.
Dumervil, who had an NFL high and team-record 17 sacks last season, signed a five-year, $58.332 million extension last month that includes $43.168 million in guarantees.
Following the injury to third round pick Donald Butler on the heels of Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson holding out in San Diego and now Denver’s most prolific defender going down possibly for the season, the Chiefs have to feel pretty good about their chances this season.
The Chiefs and Raiders have yet to suffer similar type setbacks, but I see Kansas City as being ahead of the Raiders because… well, they are the Raiders. Not the most scientific reasoning, I realize that, but I can’t believe in any team run by Al Davis and/or Tom Cable.
Even if Dumervil is able to return in four months, there is no guarantee he will be able to compete at a high level for the final month of the season.