ENGLEWOOD—Devontae Booker was confronting a difficult situation.
A lead-with-the-left-shoulder runner, the Denver Broncos tailback had his left shoulder rammed into the Denver stadium turf following an errant pass intended for him near the goal line.
The game against the San Diego Chargers last Sunday was just one series old. It took close replay inspection to spot Booker was in discomfort as he did not come up holding his arm. Pretty impressive that a rookie didn’t want anyone to notice his injury.
He went into the Broncos’ locker room where he was administered a shot.
The Broncos’ offense had one, three-and-out series without him and then Booker was back out there.
Talk about manning up.
“I had to,’’ Booker said.
Why, because the depth was thin behind him?
“That and I’d like to think I’m a tough ballplayer,’’ Booker said. “I’ve been playing through pain without people noticing all the time (through his career). Once it numbed it was pretty much fine.’’
Booker took considerably more pounding upon his return as he had 18 more carries for 54 more yards after his locker room visit. He also had five catches for 30 yards. Often, his left shoulder was the first point of contact. He never winced.
Booker scored on a 3-yard run early in the third quarter that gave the Broncos a 17-7 lead. They went on to a 27-9 win. Booker practiced throughout the week, received his treatment and was not listed on the Broncos’ final injury for their game Sunday night at Oakland.
“I’m good,’’ he said.
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