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Shane Ray injury: Initial prognosis says Broncos rookie has sprained MCL

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Emmanuel Sanders hurt his shoulder late in the game as well.

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The good news? The initial prognosis is that Shane Ray did NOT suffer a season-ending torn ACL in Denver's 26-23 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The bad news? He'll still be out four-to-six weeks with an MCL sprain, according to 9NEWS' Mike Klis and ESPN's Josina Anderson. With DeMarcus Ware out as well, the Broncos are getting stretched a little thin at linebacker (though Ware may be ready by Week 8).

Ray hurt his knee in the first half when his leg got rolled over.

Ray will still undergo tests to confirm there wasn't an ACL tear, but the preliminary prognosis is promising.

Other Broncos injuries

Emmanuel Sanders came up lame in the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury. He tried to come back in the game, but his shoulder slowed him up. He left to the sideline, frustrated, following one down attempt after the injury.

Broncos linebacker Corey Nelson suffered an injury in similar fashion to Ray in the second half; his prognosis is a torn MCL as well, according to Klis.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Owen Daniels also had a shoulder injury.

The Broncos enter their bye week after their battle with the Browns. It's coming at a good time.

This post was updated with Klis' report on Corey Nelson's status, as well as clarification that Ray's injury is a sprained MCL.