Nalen and Jackson Done for the Year

Two more names are added to the growing list of the Denver Broncos' walking wounded, as starting center Tom Nalen and TE Nate Jackson are both finished for the year with season ending injuries.

Not only did the Denver Broncos suffer a major loss on the field Sunday afternoon - they also suffered a major loss to the roster. Starting center Tom Nalen and TE Nate Jackson are both finished for the year - Nalen the victim of a torn bicep and Jackson a torn groin muscle.

Nalen's right bicep became an area of concern early, but the five time Pro Bowler elected to keep the severity of the injury to himself and continued playing - a feat that even surprised head coach Mike Shanahan.

"He played the whole game with a torn bicep, and not many guys will do that," Shanahan said. "We couldn't run inside running plays, just outside running plays, because he didn't have any strength in there. That kind of gives you an idea of what kind of player he is."

Jackson's injury didn't allow the luxury of returning to the game - groin injuries are considered one of the most painful and potentially career threatening, of all injuries a receiver can suffer.

For him to be out of that game, I knew it had to be serious, Shanahan added. "Anytime you tear a groin, that's pretty serious. It's a bad tear too, so it will take some time."

Jackson and Nalen join a long list of Broncos' wounded: OL Ben Hamilton (concussion), DE Ebeneezer Ekuban (back), LB Warrick Holdman (spinal-cord concussion), Rod Smith (hip), WR Javon Walker and CB Champ Bailey. Both Bailey and Walker are expected to return after the bye-week, when the Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers Oct.21. There is no timetable for Smith's return, although it is believed he will be activated sometime this season.





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