Adam Kinney of Mile High Sports Radio caught the announcement from Denver Broncos head coach John Fox,
Per Fox left ankle sprain for Rodgers-Cromartie #broncos— Adam Kinney (@DSNAdam) July 31, 2013
Rodgers-Cromartie pulled up lame and was carted off the field after a few minutes on the ground behind the sideline.
A high ankle sprain is not season ending, but it is no joke.
The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society states the recovery time for a high ankle sprain is significantly longer than a typical ankle sprain. Acknowledging that surgery may be required in the event that there is a separation of the tibia and fibula or a fracture has occurred. Rodgers-Cromartie could be in a walking boot for as long as 12 weeks or as little as a month.
The good news is that the outcomes are generally good if the injury is recognized and treated appropriately.
While it is still possible that Rodgers-Cromartie could be available for Week One, twelve weeks from now will be October 12th, when the Broncos will be at home versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
UPDATE: 2:10 PM MTN:
Mike Klis seems more optimistic:
High ankle sprain 2 to 3 weeks for Dominique Rodgers cromartie— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 31, 2013
FINAL UPDATE 3:05 PM MTN:
Texted with DRC, he's in good spirits, said high ankle sprain, about a month to 5 weeks. Nothing too major— Steven O'Reilly (@SteveOReilly) July 31, 2013