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Broncos place CB Ronald Darby on injured reserve

The Denver Broncos have placed cornerback Ronald Darby on injured reserve to recover from a hamstring injury.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN revealed that the Denver Broncos have placed cornerback Ronald Darby on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue. The move will cause him to miss at least three weeks.

That means rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain II will be thrust into the starting spot in Week 2. The Broncos first round pick had impressed all through training camp and preseason, but did get beat for a touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday. The learning curve at the NFL level begins in earnest this week for Surtain.

As for Darby, hamstrings can be tricky to come back from. Since he is out a minimum of 3 weeks that does put his availability right around the average time to return to action from a hamstring injury, but if he aggravates it at all his time missed could be extended. That is a situation we will have to keep an eye on moving forward.