The Denver Post reported last night that Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil will have surgery tomorrow to repair a chest injury that will keep him out for most, if not all, of the season.
Broncos physician Ted Schlegel is scheduled to perform the operation. Dumervil, who led the NFL with 17 sacks last season and who signed a five-year, $58.33 million contract extension before the start of training camp, visited 49ers team physician Michael Dillingham on Friday for a second opinion. Dumervil then returned to Denver and the surgery was scheduled.
The newspaper indicated that the damage to the pectoral muscle will be examined in the surgery — it can be difficult to assess all of the damage in that muscle, even in an MRI, because of the size and thickness of the tissue — and the pectoral tendon will be reattached.
Normal recovery time is 4-5 months before a player is ready to return to the field from such an injury, though Broncos officials were not going to rule out a return date until after the surgery.
The team did not say if Jenkins, who was hurt in a scrimmage Friday night, will need surgery or whether his shoulder might be separated or dislocated.
“You are always concerned any time your player goes down with an injury,’’ coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard to get back on the field as soon as possible.’’
Jenkins is entering his seventh season. He has appeared in 92 games with 235 receptions for 3,007 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Brennan took a handful of snaps with the second-team offense yesterday, completing 4 of 6 throws.
Brennan was Washington’s sixth-round draft pick in 2008, but was cut by the Redskins last Monday after they traded for John Beck.
Backup quarterbacks Bruce Gradkowski (groin) and Charlie Frye (wrist) are questionable to play against Dallas, leaving starter Jason Campbell and backup Kyle Boller as the healthy quarterbacks on the roster. Oakland coach Tom Cable didn’t rule out Gradkowski or Frye playing against the Cowboys.