ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Denver Broncos end/linebacker Elvis Dumervil(notes) will miss at least the next four months of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle during Wednesday's practice. NFL.com has confirmed the news, adding that Dumervil suffered the injury in a one-on-one pass-rush drill with tackle Tyler Polumbus(notes). Dumervil will be evaluated further Thursday, with an eye to getting a more concrete timeframe for his absence.
Dumervil signed a five-year, $58.332 million contract extension last month, and his absence places pressure squarely on former first-round picks Robert Ayers(notes) and Jarvis Moss(notes). Can the two players combined come anywhere near Dumervil's 2009 totals of 17 sacks, four quarterback hits, and 20 quarterback hurries? Not likely — last year, Ayers had no sacks, seven hits and four hurries, and Moss didn't see the field enough to put up any meaningful stats. Dumervil was a major reason that the Broncos were able to transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense last season.
Thoughts? How hasn't this been posted out here yet?