Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Despite losing starting linebacker job, Mays is one of the team's best special teams players and a leader in the locker room.
The Broncos lack of depth at linebacker just got a bit worse with the news that Joe Mays is likely done for the season with a broken leg suffered in last night's 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. Mays was hurt during a punt return.
While the former starter at middle linebacker has been the target of fans at times for his play on defense, Mays is one of the most liked Broncos in the locker room and a team leader. He is one of the Broncos best players on special teams, and his absence will leave a huge gap in those areas.
While Keith Brooking took over for Mays after the loss to the Patriots, the Broncos have little depth behind him with Mays gone. Mike Mohamed is currently on the practice squad and is likely the replacement for Mays once the Broncos make a roster move. D.J. Williams still has two games left because of a pair of suspensions handed down by the NFL.
The Broncos signed Mays to a three-year, $12 million contract that paid him $4.5 million this season. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery!