Broncos lose sacks king to injury

Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil's season might be sacked by a torn chest muscle.

A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on Thursday that the reigning NFL sacks king could be sidelined for up to five months.

Coach Josh McDaniels said the team is evaluating courses of treatment for the pass rusher and there is no timetable for his return. Surgery hasn’t been ruled out.

Dumervil was hurt at practice Wednesday night in a 1-on-1 passing drill, and walked off the field clutching his right arm.

The 26-year-old Dumervil led the league with 17 sacks in 2009 and parlayed his breakout season into a five-year, $58.332 million extension last month that included $43.168 million in guarantees against injury, a record for a player at his position.

“Nobody is going to replace him as an individual. We know that,” McDaniels said. “We’re not going to try to do that.”


Andre Johnson got the deal he wanted and says he’s committed to playing for the Houston Texans for his entire career.

The All-Pro receiver signed a two-year extension on Thursday that will keep him in Houston through the 2016 season.

Neither the Texans nor Johnson’s agent, Kennard McGuire, would disclose terms. The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV reported that Johnson’s extension had a maximum value of $38.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed.

Johnson has led the league in receiving yards the past two seasons and topped 100 catches in three of the past four.

He has the NFL’s highest receiving yards average (90.2 per game) since 2006.


Even as the Washington Redskins ordered an MRI on Albert Haynesworth’s sore left knee, coach Mike Shanahan gave yet another reason why he’s adamant about having the two-time All-Pro defensive tackle pass the team’s conditioning test.

Haynesworth, says the coach, missed way too many practices last season.

“I’ve got all the stats in there, how many games he played where he didn’t practice throughout the whole week,” Shanahan said. “If you don’t practice, you’re not going to play well.”

The Haynesworth soap opera entered its second week Thursday when the knee kept him from taking the conditioning test for the third straight day. That prompted a different sort of test – an MRI – that Shanahan called a “preventative measure.”


Buffalo starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams hurt his right hand in practice Thursday, and coach Chan Gailey said Williams went to be examined by team doctors for precautionary reasons. … Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby will have surgery on his troublesome left ankle today and hopes to heal within a month. Bigby said Thursday that the procedure is a scope to clean up scar tissue, not a do-over of a previous surgery. … Arizona Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick displaced his left kneecap in a Wednesday night practice, an injury that coaches initially thought would be much worse.