"As Morning breaks, and the mist rises from the trenches, the sound of combat rings across the battlefield! Blood and the bodies of the recently fallen litter the the ground! Many of those still standing struggle to reain the strength and stamina to continue the fight"
Many would think this was an image from a war novel like “The Red Badge of courage”. Not sure that even Stephen Crane could have envisioned the carnage wrought on the roster of the Denver Broncos. The rigors of a grueling Training Camp only in its first stages, has taken a seemingly heavy toll already in Dove Valley. Team trainers and physicians have been especially active with all of the injuries, both serious and minor and Broncos players drop one after another, leaving fans and media dumbfounded and despondent.
OK have I painted a dreary enough picture yet? Did it seem like I had victim to the unreasonable melancholy spreading across Bronco Country? Should I point out that for most teams this would be devastating? This would be cause for panic and knee jerk reaction for most professional sports organizations. I believe it will not be for the Broncos and here is why.
Looking at the injuries to date we see what should be the most catastrophic injury of the group; Elvis Dumervil’s torn Pectoral muscle. This injury would keep out lesser men for at least 4 months: Dumervil is a notoriously quick healer, but it may be serious enough that they may put him on Injured Reserve which means he will not be able to be activated till WHEN we make the playoffs. Among the other key injuries are Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), Ryan Clady, Jarvis Moss (Hand) Correl Buckhalter (stinger), Jarvis Moss (Hand), Kenny McKinley (IR) Josh Barrett (IR) and newcomer LenDale White (unknown) will miss some or all of the preseason and in the cases of McKinley, Barrett, and most likely Dumervil will miss the season.
If there is a silver lining to this situation it would be; This just may be the deepest Broncos team in a decade. Every position you look at there are more than capable back ups ....waiting to enter the fray, eager to make their name on the battlefield, to write their name in blood in record of the victorious in battle…. oh Dang it I kind of went off the deep end there again didn’t I? Guys like Baraka Atkins, Jaime Kirlew, Matt Willis, Toney Baker, D’Anthony Batiste, and many others are going to get a chance to “nut up or shut up”, step in and show what they can do.
In other sports like Basketball, with limited rosters, when a star player goes down they always look to the bench guys to use the opportunity to get playing time, and then when the star comes back the team is deeper and stronger; many times it’s discovered that the backup outshines the starter in those situations. Could this be the case in Denver?
Time will tell but it’s a reason to hope and stay positive. Why because we have guys who have shown that potential in OTAs and training camp. Besides Spencer Larson can fill in for anybody right? The Denver Broncos has suffered some injuries that very well may have a negative impact on the season, but with the depth at most positions, makes the outlook in Denver much better than most people think.
This is the time where Josh McDaniels’ “team first concept” will be battle tested and the team will rise above it! As Nietzsche (and Conan the Barbarian) once said “That which does not kill us, makes us strong!”. Only time will tell if he was a Bronco prophet or a fool!