Broncos again visited by injury bug – five starters hurt following Saturday’s game
Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe was driven off the field after a scary helmet-to-helmet hit due to which the Broncos suspected a spine/neck injury. Wolfe was taken to a Seattle hospital where CT scan and MRI came back negative, according to head coach John Fox. The team’s star veterans – cornerback Champ Bailey as well as wide receiver Wes Welker were also forced out of the game with foot and ankle injuries respectively. Starting right guard Louis Vasquez (knee) and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley (wrist) also sustained injuries.
But of all the recent injuries, Bailey’s appears to be the worse as he suffered a serious left foot sprain. However, many initially expected Bailey’s injury to be worse as he was spotted in a walking boot and crutches soon after the Broncos’ 40-10 loss to the Seahawks. So, in a way the Broncos are in a better position with Bailey since he did not suffer any fractures or a tear to his ligaments in the left knee.
Bailey is still faces a recovery time of several weeks, according to league sources. It puts him at risk of missing the regular season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, which could a big concern for the Broncos who are already pretty thin across the secondary. For a team who could already be without pass-rusher Von Miller, the Broncos had been counting on Bailey to pick up the load and play a critical role in carrying out their Super Bowl expectations.
Welker also suffered an ankle sprain, but it was only described as mild in nature. Though Welker’s condition has been described as day-to-day, with the off-chance of progressing to week-to-week, the Broncos don’t expect his injury will keep him out of the Sept. 8 season opener.