DENVER, Colo. - Brian Griese's reign as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback was put on hold Monday after results of an MRI revealed a second degree tear in the medial collateral ligament of his left knee.
The injury occurred with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter as Griese completed a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Rod Smith. Immediately following the completion Griese was hit low by Seattle defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, who drew a personal foul penalty on the play.
While not considered season ending, the injury is severe enough to sideline Griese a minimum of two to four weeks, although team doctors were encouraged by the minimal amount of swelling that developed around the knee.
It might be a little quicker than we first anticipated," coach Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday. "You never know for sure until he actually gets treatment and we see how he reacts to it. But Brian's tough. He'll get back as soon as he can."
Until such time seventeen-year veteran Steve Beuerlein will replace Griese in the starting lineup, with Jarious Jackson serving in the backup role.
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