In a move that seemed inevitable from the moment he was injured, the Broncos and Elvis Dumervil mutually agreed tonight to end the NFL's 2009 sack leader's season before it really even began. Dumervil talked about the decision that he, and Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels came to regarding his recovery.
""We mutually agreed this was the best thing to do,’’ Dumervil said. ""I just felt like I still have a lot of my career in front of me, and I still have so much I’m going to accomplish that it would be better to make sure I get this right and not risk re-injuring by rushing back. I didn’t want to go back out there with this hanging over my head and playing hesitant. I want to thank all the fans for their kind words through all this. I also ask them to make sure they continue to support the team. I think we’re going to have a good team this year.’’
Dumervil also released the following statements via Twitter this evening:
TO ALL MY FANS, THANKS FOR THE ALL THE SUPPORT & KIND WORDS BUT THIS SEASON FOR ME IS OVER DUE TO MY INJURY THAT OCCUR DURING TRAINING CAMP
THE BRONCOS HAVE A GREAT RECOVERY PLAN FOR ME TO BE BACK 100% & MORE! NOW ITS TIME TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT THE BRONCOS TO THE MAXIMUM!
Everyone here at MHR wishes Doom a speedy recovery and we cannot wait to see him on the field in 2011!! This move puts the Broncos at 64 players heading into Saturday's Cut-Down deadline.