Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Aug 2010

Elvis Dumervil Tears Pectoral

Crushing news for the Broncos: Linebacker Elvis Dumervil is out at least four months after tearing his pectoral muscle, according to Adam Schefter.

I'm looking at our injury database for a player with a comparable return time, and well, it's not looking very likely. The only guys who were able to come back from a torn pectoral and end up playing in the same season were players who were listed with partial tears (Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Ruben Brown) or slight tears (Dave Brown).

The lone exception, and perhaps the player that Broncos fans can pin their hopes on: Buccaneers guard Matt O'Dwyer. In 2004, O'Dwyer tore his pectoral lifting his weights right around July 20. (It was reported on the 20th; I suppose it could have been a day or two earlier). O'Dwyer had missed most of the 2003 season with assorted injuries to his elbow and foot, but he was expected to be the starting right guard for the Bucs in 2004.

O'Dwyer was placed on PUP and missed the maximum 12 weeks of the year before being activated off the PUP list. He played in four games before being returned to the inactive list for Week 17, and while he was signed by the Packers during the subsequent offseason, he never played another NFL game.

That's not to say that the injury will have those sort of effects on Dumervil's career, of course; he should be able to make a full recovery. But don't expect that recovery to be complete until sometime in January or February.

UPDATE: The injury apparently came when Dumervil was participating in a one-on-one pass blocking drill with, yes, Tyler Polumbus.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 05 Aug 2010

28 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2010, 4:49pm by jklps


by Raiderjoe :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 11:56am

was working on preidcitions for 2010 seaosn. was going to have Brocnos at 4-12 or worse. this might amke them be 2-14 or 1-15.

by loneweasel (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 11:59am

43 million dollars guaranteed.

by jimbohead :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:03pm

holy crap, what is mcD doing at this training camp? this is becoming less of a bad joke, and more of a nightmare for the broncos.

by CoachDave :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 1:54pm

Pass blocking drills happen virtually every day in NFL training camps.

by jimbohead :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 2:06pm

of course. but, as noted in the Michael Turner debate, it's not just the event of the injury that matters. Granted, this could all be random coincidence, but I wonder if he's running relatively dangerous drills after all his players get too fatigued to protect themselves from injury?

by CoachDave :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 5:21pm

In my playing and coaching experience, torn pec muscles tend to have roots in excessive weight lifting and/or come from the basic "trying to do much with a muscle that's not warm"...especially pec "major" tears where the muscles tears away from the arm bone.

I've seen a few torn pec muscles first hand and both were from kids who were 'gym rats' who blew them out very early in the practice...and unfortunately for both kids, they never regained normal strength, they both seemed to be in a lot of pain and it scared the crap out of both kids greatly.

Granted, that is an VERY small sample size, but when I've heard 2nd or 3rd hand stories from others...there seems to be a lot of agreement behind the few causes of such a horrible injury.

I wish Mr. Dumervil well...the road to recovery will be a tough one.

by jklps :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:11pm

So now their biggest threat on offense and defense are injured/recovering.

Should be interesting...

by dmstorm22 :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:14pm

McNasty strikes again.

OK, I guess I can't blame this one on him, but this looks to be a long, dark year in Mile High.

No Cutler, no Marshall, No Scheffler, No Clady (possibly?), No Dumervil, aging defense, No Mike Nolan, Tim Tebow forced in. Bleak, just bleak.

by jimbohead :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:21pm

Perhaps Tebow becomes a pass-rushing specialist? Lineman will quake in fear of his off-the-chart intangibles!

by your friend fricka (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 5:11pm

That is REALLY funny! As are "intangibles". Can't remember the last time I felt a hit from something "intangible".
Also, how does raiderjoe EVER manage the "type the two words" verification step that posting requires? Is it because blurry lettering combined with a case of Sierra Nevada gives you superhuman 20/10 drunk vision?

by Anonymous (not verified) (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 5:22pm

If you are registered, you don't need to deal with the captcha.

Thus the comment on it "To skip this, please log in."

by tuluse :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 5:23pm

If you register, you aren't bothered by captcha.

by Theo :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:19pm

The Broncos season is at least going to be 'interesting'.

by tunesmith :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:22pm

ulf... this drops my benchmark expectation from 8-8 to 6-10.

by GoPackGo (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 12:41pm

Well, with their season going down the tube, how long before we can start the Tebow countdown to meltdown

by Marko :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 1:20pm

Why can't Tebow just heal Dumervil and the Broncos' other injured players by a laying on of hands?

by MilkmanDanimal :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 3:43pm

"Sorry, Coach McDaniels, I can't help with a torn pectoral, but if you know anybody on the team that needs a circumcision, I'm your man!"

by jklps :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 1:42pm

With the way the previous offense has been sent away, and now their biggest defensive threat gone for awhile, how can this team win? If you are coaching against them, what scares you? I can't find a thing.

by GoPackGo (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 1:55pm

If Clady and the rest of the o-line is healthy it will interesting to see how far a good o-line can carry a team without any "skill position" players

by tonic889 (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 2:02pm

I think the strength of this team is in their lines. O-line ranked 6th in ALY last year. D-line was 17th but figures to improve with additions of Bannan and Jarvis Green. Broncos are not a good team by any stretch but they will give teams with weak lines (KC, Oak, Ten) trouble.

by Bobman :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 2:24pm

I think it's time for broncojoe to emerge from the shadows and cheer us up with an 11-5 prediction.

by bubqr :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 3:02pm


by Neoplatonist Bolthead (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 3:48pm

Nice try, but not the same. Can you drop a whole paragraph with that kind of spelling, displaying both unrealistic optimism and remarkable insight for one so deluded? Maybe then you'll be eligible to wipe Raiderjoe's keyboard.

I mean, I'm a Chargers fan, and I'm kind of bummed about this, because I think Dumervil is a pretty good player. I'd rather see my Bolts beat a healthy Broncos team, you know? You gotta respect the best assets on every team: Dumervil, Bailey, Nnamdi A., Raiderjoe... uh, some Chiefs, I'm sure....

by Dan :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 10:08pm

Charles and Colquitt have some talent, and their Brandons are pretty good corners.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 3:20pm

Broncos loosing their best players, first Clady now Dumervill. I wish i could warn the next guy, but honestly, I don't know any other good Broncos...

by Really (not verified) :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 6:06pm


So, Brian Dawkins isn't a good player. Champ Bailey isn't a good player?

Just to name a few.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 7:15pm

Yeah... You should check out my username.

But seriously, who's Champ Bailey?

by jklps :: Mon, 08/09/2010 - 4:49pm

So the Broncos will try to win games 13-10 or 10-6?

Sure their o line can be good, can they block 8 on each play? I do like Eddie Royal but not as a potential #1. Nor a rookie WR.

Maybe run the wildcat with..Tebow I guess? Buckhalter is hurt.

I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just wondering what they will do to win.