While initially thought not too serious - the linebacker himself said he was "fine" and didn't expect to miss any time - tests have come back, and Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is expected to miss two weeks with a back strain.
#Broncos OLB DeMarcus Ware’s back injury, described as a strain, is expected to keep him out about two weeks, per source.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2015
Ware was carted off to the locker room during the first half of the Broncos' 16-10 win over the Raiders Sunday. After the game, Ware said he suffered back spasms. He didn't return to the field.
The timing of Ware's absence isn't bad at all. Ware would miss Week 6 against the Browns, rest up during the Broncos' bye in Week 7, and prepare to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 8.
Broncos will most certainly rest Ware this week against the Browns. Give him a full three weeks before the Packers game.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) October 12, 2015
Plus, have you seen Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray this season? The Broncos should be just fine without their sack leader.
Juwan Thompson, Aqib Talib day-to-day
Juwan Thompson (hamstring) and Aqib Talib (ankle) day-to-day, Kubiak said.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 12, 2015
Kubiak said that the Broncos wanted to get Thompson more involved in the run game, but the injury prevented that. The Broncos may call up Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad if Thompson can't go.