While the Broncos didn’t play very well Saturday night in Big D against the Cowboys, the news post game was even worse, as Denver lost starting defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban with a torn Achillies tendon, and new running back Travis Henry went down with a sprained left knee and may not see action again till the teams opener on September 9th. The good news of the bunch is that Henry’s injury does not appear to be as serious as first thought, as he has a first-degree sprain of his MCL, which is the least serious type of sprain.
The team is also trying to overcome a few other injuries that took place during the week while they practiced with the Cowboys – right tackle Adam Meadows was lost to a severely strained calf, rookie DE Tim Crowder, LG Ben Hamilton, LT Ryan Harris and RT Jacob Rogers also are hurting after the recent round of practices with Dallas. Despite all the injuries, the bigger story might be how the Broncos played, as they have allowed four TD’s and two field goals in two preseason games. “If it was the last preseason game, I’d be a little more concerned,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “We have time to make it up. We expect ourselves to get better. It can’t get any worse than it did tonight.”
A couple of the teams young lineman will now be forced to step up with Ekuban down, including Jarvis Moss and Marcus Thomas. Ekuban had been solid on the Broncos D-line, with last season him having a good year with 78 tackles and seven sacks. “(Ekuban) is a great part of this defense,” linebacker D.J. Williams said. “When you lose a guy like that, you always wonder about games like this.” Now with some poor play on D the first two preseason games and Ekuban out, the team will have to step it up as they get set for the regular season on September 9th.