Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil’s season might be sacked by a torn chest muscle.
A person familiar with the injury to Dumervil told the Associated Press yesterday that the reigning NFL sacks king could be sidelined five months. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Coach Josh McDaniels said the team is evaluating courses of treatment and there is no timetable for Dumervil’s return.
Dumervil was hurt Wednesday night in a 1-on-1 passing drill, and walked off the field clutching his right arm. The Broncos described the injury as to the “pectoral area of his chest.’’
Dumervil, 26, 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 against injury, a record for a player at his position.
Ben Roethlisberger got a thumb’s up from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and praise for the way he’s reshaping his life. What’s missing for now is a reduction of his six-game suspension for bad behavior.
Goodell met with Roethlisberger while visiting the Steelers’ training camp in Latrobe, Pa., but, while saying the quarterback is going beyond what the league is mandating, didn’t cut his suspension.
The NFL will continue to monitor Roethlisberger’s progress before he and Goodell meet in New York later this month and the commissioner makes a final decision how long the Steelers star will be out. A reduction would allow Roethlisberger to play Oct. 17 at home against Cleveland rather than Oct. 31 at New Orleans.
“I’m very encouraged by what he’s doing,’’ Goodell said. “I’ll take the period of time that I have before making the decision and make it probably right before the regular season.’’
Goodell was vague when asked several times if Roethlisberger’s suspension could be reduced even further. Later, league officials clarified that the commissioner’s April 21 ruling specified a minimum of four games for his alleged sexual assault on a college student early March 5 in Milledgeville, Ga.
Meanwhile, Goodell still hasn’t decided on the fate of two Browns players facing suspensions. Shaun Rogers and Robaire Smith were arrested three months apart when stopped by airport security for carrying weapons.