The Denver Broncos defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday. It was a rather dominating performance from the Broncos. However they did not come away unscathed. Rookie linebacker Lamin Barrow, and tight end Gerrell Robinson suffered leg and knee injuries respectively.
Thankfully it appears that both escaped major injury.
Gerrell Robinson appears to have hyper-extended knee - nothing major for now but MRI tomorrow— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 17, 2014
According to the Denver Posts Mike Klis, tight end Gerrell Robinson suffered a hyper extended knee in the third quarter of today's game after making a reception from quarterback Zac Dysert. It's good that Klis says it's nothing major for now, but the real diagnosis will come after tomorrows MRI.
It's really hard to make a guess on the time table for his return without knowing the severity of the injury. A minor hyper extension takes about a couple weeks to a month depending on the severity. In some severe cases the ACL and other ligaments can be damaged during the hyper extension. We'll find that out tomorrow.
However, Robinson seems to believe it's not very serious
Glad we got the W. Very thankful i still have my health and nothing major to come of it,thank everyone for your love keep me in your prayers— Gerell Robinson (@G_Rob10) August 18, 2014
It's great to hear the Robinson says it's nothing serious. Hopefully it's something that doesn't keep him off the field for very long.
The news on Barrow is a little more promising then Robinson's.
#Broncos will evaluate Lamin Barrow tomorrow back in Denver, but preliminary tests/exam show severely bruised lower leg.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) August 17, 2014
A severe bruise sounds awful, and very painful but it doesn't sound like something that will keep Barrow off the field for an extended period of time.
This would be good news for the Broncos who are already a little thin at linebacker after losing starting weak-side linebacker Danny Trevathan for 6-8 weeks with a fractured shin.
Earlier this evening linebacker Lamin Barrow tweeted out that all is well. So it looks like the Broncos dodged bullets on both injuries.
All's well— Lamin Barrow (@5_X_7) August 18, 2014
Keep in mind both of these reports are on preliminary tests/exams, and we'll know everything tomorrow. It's still good to hear both appear to have escaped major injuries.
Montee Ball close to returning to practice?:
According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, the Broncos believe there's a possibility that starting running back Montee Ball could return to practice this week on at least a limited basis. Ball is recovering from an appendectomy and is expected to be out the entire preseason.
#Broncos feel there is a possibility Montee Ball coudl return to practice this week on at least a limited basis.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) August 17, 2014
It would be nice if Ball could return to practice a few weeks before the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.
If Ball was able to return this week I think the chances are favorable that Ball could see some work in the preseason finale.
UPDATE Monday August 18th:
Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox appeared on NewsRadio 850 KOA in Denver and gave us an update on the injuries to linebacker Lamin Barrow and tight end Gerrell Robinson.
Broncos HC John Fox to @850KOA re: LB Lamin Barrow's injury: "It's just a bruise. I'm told he'll be at practice tomorrow."— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) August 18, 2014
Fox also tells @850KOA that TE Gerell Robinson will miss only a "week or two" with his knee injury suffered at SF.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) August 18, 2014