Broncos’ Dumervil Just Can’t Stay Healthy


The seasons are changing in Denver. With a blanket of white stuff on the ground this morning, the Broncos have moved today’s practice indoors.

It’s cliche to say but the more things change, the more they stay the same. No one probably believes in that more than Elvis Dumveril right now.

He was in a soft boot after suffering an ankle sprain against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Does he know what it feels like to be pain free anymore?

Under Josh McDaniels, Dumervil tore his pectoral muscle, forcing him to miss the entire 2010 season.

The coaching change didn’t bring any more luck to No. 92. He successfully made it through training camp this year, but sprained his shoulder just before the Broncos season opener against the Raiders. He was forced to sit out two games with the shoulder injury.

People were excited to have Dumervil coming back strong after the bye week. He had the chance to heal, lift some weights to gain strength and confidence, and it looked like he was on track to finally start the season the way he wanted to.

Then it was Dumervil’s lower body that took the hit on Sunday. He had to leave the game with a severe ankle sprain, forcing everyone to ask the question, just when is this guy going to be healthy again?

In four games this year, Dumveril has just 5 tackles and zero sacks. It’s a far cry from where he was in 2009 when he had 49 tackles, 17 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Now his biggest accomplishment is getting out on to the field on a game day.

Von Miller was supposed to be Robin to Dumervil’s Batman. In actuality, it’s Miller who looks more like Clark Kent away from the field (glasses and all) and Superman on the field. He’s now the team’s leader in sacks and on pace to be the league’s Rookie of the Year.

The Broncos pass rush will be something else once Dumervil is healthy.

Meanwhile, Dumervil is learning that health is the real wealth, not that $61.5 million contract.

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