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Update: Mike Purcell returns to the game after rib injury

Some bad news for the Denver Broncos. Nose Tackle Mike Purcell has been carted off the field after being injured on the first defensive snap of the game.

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UPDATE: Mike Purcell is okay and has returned to the game.

The Denver Broncos received a huge blow to their defensive line on the first snap of the game against the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Purcell went down on the first defensive snap of the game and was able to walk off under his own power.

However, a few minutes after being in the tent, the cart came out to take him into the locker room. The reports are that it is a rib injury and he is questionable to return. That is not a good sign for Purcell or the Broncos front seven.

Denver was able to stuff an inside running play on that first series despite Purcell being out, but long-term you have to wonder if they can keep Dalvin Cook in check all game without their run stuffing nose tackle in the middle.

Here’s to hoping the cart was precautionary and the tests come back negative on anything serious.