The Denver Broncos suffered a huge blow during their first week of training camp with the news that star linebacker Elvis Dumervil may be lost for the season, or at least most of it, with a torn pectoral muscle.
For now, the Broncos are saying that Dumervil will be out "indefinitely," while ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the 2009 NFL sack leader will be out four months. Regardless of phrasing, it appears Dumervil will be sidelined at least through Thanksgiving.
Losing Dumervil comes at a significant cost to the Broncos, who are relying on him as the centerpiece to what the team hopes will remain a strong defensive unit. Here are a number of reasons why his absence will have a huge effect on the Broncos in 2010.