The Denver Broncos suffered their first major injury of Training Camp this morning when defensive end Courtney Brown dislocated his left elbow during team drills at the South Suburban Sports Dome.
"I think what happened was it was a situation where Courtney was trying to strip the ball and with a couple of guys in there his arm kind of got twisted," Broncos safety John Lynch said.
The Broncos, playing inside the Dome due to heavy rainfall, had remained virtually injury free throughout their first week of practice until today's mishap.
"The good part about it is it's not broken," Mike Shanahan said.
"If it's broken, he's gone for the season. (Former Broncos tight end) Shannon Sharpe had it (dislocated elbow) against the Raiders, and he was out three weeks. If the MRI comes back this afternoon, worst scenario is four to six weeks. He'll be ready to play. He's been practicing well and playing well and it's very unfortunate."
Brown, acquired from the Cleveland Browns along with Ebenezer Ekuban, Michael Myers and Gerard Warren, has certainly had his share of injuries throughout his six-year career.
As it stands, through five seasons with Cleveland, injuries have resulted in Brown being placed on I.R. in each of the last four years. A left foot injury in 2004 ended his season only two games into the year. Other injuries have been to his biceps, neck, knee and ankle.
"He's done everything in the offseason to get himself ready," added Shanahan. "His previous injuries are feeling great, so to have something like this happen to him I'm sure is disheartening."
If the timetable for Brown's return is accurate, he may be available when the Broncos open up the 2005 season in Miami on Sept. 11.
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past nine years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
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