Mobley on IR, out for the season

John Mobley will not have to undergo surgery for his spinal cord contusion, according to doctors who performed an MRI on the injured Broncos linebacker on Wednesday. Mobley will, however, require a six to nine month rehab and was placed on the injured reserve list by Denver on Thursday.

Mobley's injury occurred against the Ravens, as he and Kelly Herndon tackled running back Jamal Lewis. Mobley was taken to the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he underwent an evaluation and a series of tests, the results of which were normal. He was held overnight because of bruising and swelling around the spinal cord, and returned to Denver the next day. Mobley was declared inactive the next week vs. N.E. (11/3).

According to Mobley's agent, Brian Mackler, the seventh-year veteran said his wish is to return to the team by the start of training camp next season.

Mobley played in eight games while starting seven and ranks fourth on the team with 46 tackles (32 solo) and three pass deflections. He handled the strongside linebacker position for the Broncos in Wks. 1-6 before moving to weakside (his position from 1996-2001) in the wake of Ian Gold's season-ending ACL injury.

Mobley out for season - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, November 07, 2003 - The Broncos placed John Mobley on the reserve/injured list.John Mobley's agent called Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist on Thursday morning with the latest medical update about his client's spinal contusion. "Great news," Sundquist said Mobley's agent, Brian Mackler, told him. Immediately, Sundquist thought a neck specialist in California had cleared Mobley to play this season, that Denver's linebackers and roster would be upgraded, that everything would be fine sooner rather than later. Sundquist thought wrong.

Wildfires scare Turner family - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Friday, November 07, 2003 - While Essie Turner was racing around the house, trying to save the family treasures from the fires that were creeping down the hills of San Diego a week ago last Sunday, her son could only imagine the worst. Scott Turner was busy playing just his second game for the Denver Broncos, yet his mind was a thousand miles away.

Mobley's year over - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 7, 2003 - Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley won't play again this season, but he hopes to return next year after being told by doctors Thursday he will make a full recovery. After hearing the diagnosis, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said the team had placed the seven-year veteran on injured reserve, ending his season.

McCaffrey will test injured leg Monday - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 7, 2003 - Ed McCaffrey plans to test his injured quadriceps Monday with an on-field workout at Denver Broncos headquarters, marking the first time since Oct. 19 the 13-year veteran wide receiver has even attempted to run. McCaffrey had been suffering from soreness above his right knee for a couple of weeks when, during the Broncos' Thursday practice before they played Minnesota, he felt a sharp pain in the leg.

Lincicome: For Broncos, winning wisdom on losing - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
November 7, 2003 - Sports has winners. Sports has losers. Sudden-death overtime and extra innings see to that. As the Broncos spend their off week considering a three-game losing streak, they might examine the wisdom of others who have lost and lived to tell about it.

Mobley done for the year - Daily Camera
November 7, 2003 - Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley, who suffered a bruised spinal cord in an Oct. 26 game at Baltimore, was ruled out for the rest of the season by the team on Thursday. The Broncos placed Mobley on the injured reserve list, leaving him ineligible to play again this season. The decision came after the team received results from Mobley's magnetic resonance imaging test.

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