Broncos’ Dawkins’ Neck Injury May Force Retirement


Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins' neck injury has unfortunately sidelined the key defensive player for the Broncos often in 2011. (Associated Press)

After re-injuring his neck in Saturday’s 14-40 loss to the Buffalo Bills, there are worries that Denver Broncos veteran safety Brian Dawkins may have played his last game in the NFL.

The Denver Post reported that although Dawkins says he isn’t concerned, several people in Denver are worried that Dawkins’ injury is significant enough to end his season, and ultimately may force him to retire.

Dawkin’s neck injury has been a consistent issue this season, with him missing part or all of four games.  The Broncos’ defense has suffered in his absence, being noticeably apparent the last two weeks in losses to the New England Patriots and the Bills.

Dawkins, who is 38-years old, played the majority of his 16-year NFL career for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Dawkins joined the Broncos in 2009 and has been an inspirational leader for the team with both his play and his words.

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