If getting thoroughly spanked on national television wasn't enough, the Denver Broncos now face the prospect of having to deal without the services of Boss Bailey, Champ Bailey, Patrick Ramsey and Eric Pears, all of whom suffered serious injuries during the New England debacle.
Boss Bailey and Patrick Ramsey are done for the season – Bailey will undergo microfractive surgery to repair a lingering knee problem that was re-injured Monday night and Ramsey may be headed the same direction with an elbow problem on his throwing arm that's been an issue since the preseason.
As far as Champ Bailey is concerned initial indications presume he'll be sidelined a minimum of 4-6 weeks with a torn groin muscle. Backup tackle Eric Pears rounds out the list after undergoing an emergency appendectomy while the team was in Boston.
Now it boils down to a matter of whose left?
Brandon Stokley is still nursing a concussion, while Selvin Young and Tony Scheffler have groin issues of their own. Cutler's breathing a sigh of relief now that the finger's not broken, but at this stage his only backup is Darrell Hackney who's spent the past two seasons on the teams practice squad, and has absolutely zero playing experience in a regular season game.
Early indications are the team will try and sign former Patriot receiver Chad Jackson as well safety Chris Crocker, who was released by Miami earlier this week. LB Louis Green and rookie Wesley Woodyard are expected to fill in for Boss while rookie cornerback Jack Williams and veteran Karl Paymah will be called on to fill in for Champ, but undoubtedly Shanahan will continue shopping the free agent market over the bye week to try and secure some more depth wherever he can.
In other words – it's salvage mode, and the Broncos have one week to pick up the pieces and try and survive 2008.
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