Before the team boarded the plane for Nashville today, John Fox spoke to the media and announced that Elvis Dumervil has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
Dumervil sat out last week against the Bengals with a strained shoulder. His participation in practice was limited this week, and he did not take part in any of the team drills in today’s practice.
Jason Hunter will likely start in Dumervil’s place once again.
Also returning to practice this week was D.J. Williams. Williams dislocated his elbow in the Broncos final preseason game, and he was limited in practice.
Having Williams back would add an element of leadership with Dumervil out. Williams was a team captain prior to his DUI arrest last fall.
“D.J. is an outstanding football player,” Dennis Allen said. “He’s lead this team in tackles for I don’t know how many years. He’s one of our leaders on the team, so having a guy like that back would be real beneficial for us.”
Williams and Joe Mays would likely be called upon to wear the defensive headsets to receive play calls from Allen.
“I’m anxious to see him get out and play,” Allen said.
If Williams is not ready to go, Wesley Woodyard will start in place of him for the third week in a row.