A quick glance at the box score of the Broncos‘ dominant win over the Colts on Sunday says the Super Bowl champs’ defense hasn’t lost a step despite getting gutted in free agency. The defense limited Andrew Luck to 4.9 yards per pass and the running game to 4.0 yards per rush. It hit Luck 11 times, sacked him five times, and picked him off once. It scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
Yet, the Broncos defense might’ve also suffered a brutal loss on Sunday when pass rusher DeMarcus Ware left the game in the third quarter with an injury. After the game, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak announced that Ware suffered a fractured ulna. The ulna is one of two bones in the forearm.
Still, there’s a chance that Ware might be able to play through the injury, though that would most likely require him to play with a cast. His status might be up in the air, because it’s not a common injury for NFL players.
Kubiak said they’re not sure if it’s an injury he can play with or if it’s one that will need to be fixed.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) September 18, 2016
Ulna fracture is rare for NFL players. Only example I can find is Corey Lynch missing two weeks in college https://t.co/OGMyIwTOzI
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 19, 2016
If Ware misses some time, the Broncos will be without a key situational pass-rusher who recorded 7.5 sacks a year ago. Ware was already off to a fast start, sacking Cam Newton 1.5 times last week and notching half a sack on Sunday. Still, they should be able to survive without Ware, considering their roster still features Von Miller and 2015 first-round pick Shane Ray, who has yet to fully prove himself at the next level.
Ware ranks ninth all-time in sacks.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Broncos’ DeMarcus Ware suffers forearm fracture, timeline for return uncertain