NFL betting on exhibition games is already enough of a challenge but Denver’s injury epidemic in training camp will make for a complex NFL gambling puzzle.
Denver lost its top two tailbacks to injury last week during workouts as Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter had to leave the field within minutes of each other. Outside linebacker Jarvis Moss broke a bone in his left hand while offensive right guard Chris Kuper limped off with an ankle injury.
“It’s just a freak thing that happens,” said cornerback and team leader Champ Bailey. “We’ve got to live with it.”
Through Friday of last week a total of 13 Bronco players had missed at least one practice while Kenny McKinley and Josh Barrett were lost for the season.
Beyond that left tackle Ryan Clady was still recovering from an injury that occurred in a spring basketball game while linebacker and special teams ace Darrell Reid was trying to get up to speed after off season knee surgery.
Moss is expected to miss at least two weeks of practice time while Kuper’s injury is not as serious but will still cost him practice time as well.
“I’ve been on teams where we’ve been decimated early, and I’ve been on teams, similar to last year, where we don’t have many problems,” said head coach Josh McDaniels. “I think those are freak things that happen, and our job is to manage them as best we can and handle them and move forward.”
Moreno will be a costly loss to Denver and increase their price with the NFL preseason odds as he is expected to miss several weeks after a hamstring injury in a 7-on-7 drill. Denver is hoping he will mend in time for the regular season.
Buckhalter suffered a back injury and his status is still under review.
Starting inside linebacker DJ Williams has had shoulder and knee problems and has been absent from the practice field while outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil may miss the entire season, which makes Denver’s defense even less of a commodity with the football odds. Moss was slated to replace Dumervil.
Denver suffered a horrible NFL betting collapse at the end of last year after a 6-0 start and the injury bug has not helped build confidence for 2010.