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Broncos' Ronald Darby Placed on IR with Hamstring Injury; Out at Least 3 Weeks

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 14, 2021

Denver Broncos cornerback Ronald Darby (21) in coverage during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Denver Broncos won 27-13. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
AP Photo/Steve Luciano

The Denver Broncos placed cornerback Ronald Darby on injured reserve due to a hamstring problem. 

Because of the designation, Darby will miss a minimum of three games. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported he'll be considered week-to-week once he's eligible to return to the field.

The Denver Post's Ryan O'Halloran followed to report the 27-year-old is "expected back shortly" once the three-week IR term ends.

Darby signed a three-year, $30 million contract this offseason, signaling what kind of role the franchise expected him to occupy. He made a positive impact in his Broncos debut, finishing with a team-high six tackles and one pass breakup as Denver beat the New York Giants 27-13.

His injury now opens the door for Patrick Surtain II, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. 

The former Alabama star was largely anonymous in the opener but made waves in the preseason thanks to his pick-six against the Minnesota Vikings.

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"He played well, obviously," head coach Vic Fangio told reporters after the game. "I expect a lot out of him. We only played him at corner today. We didn't play him inside at all. I wanted him to just play one position today."

Fangio and his staff will have to lean on Surtain a little earlier than expected, but that shouldn't be a problem considering the organization valued him highly enough to select him in the top 10.