Smith's latest setback is not nearly as surprising as Moss'. The 6'6"- 265 lbs. defensive end suffered a a fractured right fibula and torn ankle ligaments during nine-on-seven drills at afternoon's practice and is expected to be sidelined a minimum of three to four months following surgery.
Smith, who underwent a hip debridement procedure last February, was transferred from the physically unable to perform list to the PUP injured reserve after it was determined he was not healed enough to play by the roster activation deadline date of Nov. 14.
"After seeing the doctor, and after practicing for about a week, he could see that he's a little too far away to have a chance to be activated in the next couple of weeks," Shanahan told reporters. "So, obviously, he won't be activated in the next two weeks, which means he won't be activated for this year.
"You know Rod's going to give it his best shot. He's a warrior. If he can't get it back, that means there was something seriously wrong in that hip area. He's done everything he can possibly do to get ready and unfortunately he's not there yet."
"We'll just take some time, and see where it's at at the end of the season."
Smith and Jarvis join an ever growing list of Broncos players that find themselves inactive for the 2007 season: C Tom Nalen, OG Ben Hamilton, DE Ebeneezer Ekuban, TE Stephan Alexander, TE Nate Jackson and LB Warrick Holdman are all facing months of rehab to prepare for 2008.
"I don't know if this is some kind of bad karma," said safety Nick Ferguson. "It's sad that it's happening. I hope this is not a sign of what's to come for the remainder of the season and next year. I hope we stay healthy so we can push for the playoffs."
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