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Friday, September 23, 2011
Dumervil continues to be sidelined

By Bill Williamson

The comeback season for Elvis Dumervil continues to stall.

The Denver Broncos announced in their injury report Friday that the pass-rusher will not play at Tennessee on Sunday. He hurt his shoulder in Week 1 against Oakland and he did not play last week against Cincinnati.

There was hope Dumervil would be able to play at Tennessee because he practiced some Wednesday and Thursday. Dumervil, though, did not practice Friday. His shoulder isn't strong enough to play.

Dumervil missed all of last season with a pectoral injury after he led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009. Dumervil had a strong preseason and there was major hope that he and rookie Von Miller would make a powerful pass-rushing tandem. But that pairing will have to wait.

The Broncos might be without star cornerback Champ Bailey as well. He is questionable, but he missed all week of practice. At this point, I’d be surprised if he played at Tennessee. He didn’t play last week after he hurt his hamstring against Oakland.

Running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and linebacker D.J. Williams (elbow) are both questionable. Both players were limited all week. Moreno missed last week’s game and Williams has been out for a month. Willis McGahee, who had 101 yards rushing last week, will start and Wesley Woodyard, who has been a tackling machine in Williams’ absence, should play a lot as well.

Expect receiver Brandon Lloyd back at Tennessee. He missed last week’s game with a groin injury. But he has been practicing fully and is listed as probable.