Rodgers-Cromartie gives brief scare

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In a preseason when the Broncos have seen plenty of players at the top of the depth chart already go down with injury, they got another brief scare Thursday.

In a defensive red zone drill, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie collided with linebacker Danny Trevathan in the end zone. Trevathan leaped to try to knock down a pass and it appeared his knee struck Rodgers-Cromartie in lower back.

Rodgers-Cromartie remained down on the field for several moments with team trainers and was then helped to the locker room. He later returned to practice, however, to finish the workout. Following practice Broncos coach John Fox said: “He’s got a bump in his back, he’s fine.’’

A lower back impact is always worth noting with the veteran cornerback. Rodgers-Cromartie, who has just one kidney (he had a non-functioning kidney removed when the was 8 years old), said earlier this season, “I don’t every really think about that when I play, but some people get nervous when they know and they see me take a hit down there. But it’s never been an issue with me, I’ve always just played.’’

Rodgers-Cromartie missed time earlier in camp with a sprained ankle and has worked plenty in the left cornerback spot of late for the injured Champ Bailey. Bailey suffered a left foot injury in the preseason loss in Seattle.