DENVER - His right arm casted from wrist to halfway up his biceps and placed precisely in a sling, DeMarcus Ware walked out of the Denver Broncos’ locker room Sunday night uncertain about his immediate future.
A veteran pass rusher, Ware suffered a fracture to the right ulna, which is one of the long bones that extends from the elbow to the wrist. The Broncos' best-case scenario is Ware will be sidelined three to six weeks.
Speaking only to 9NEWS as he walked out of the locker room, Ware said the break occurred just below the elbow.
“I got it from Von’s helmet on that sack we shared,’’ Ware said.
Perhaps the pain of the fracture was so great, Ware mixed up his plays. Ware and Von Miller did share in the sacking of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck with 2:47 left in the second quarter. It gave Ware 136.5 sacks in his career, enough to move past Jared Allen and Julius Peppers into sole possession of ninth place on the NFL’s all-time sack list. Peppers got 1.5 sacks in Green Bay's loss to Minnesota on Sunday night. Peppers' 137.0 career sacks knocked Ware back to 10th place.
Anyway, it was clear Ware suffered the injury with 14 minutes left in the third quarter. Ware collided with Miller's knee as they converged on Luck, who escaped and scrambled for a first down, although the play was called back by penalty.
Ware came out of the game holding his hands together in a manner of bracing his elbow.
Initial X-rays at the stadium Sunday discovered the fracture but also lent hope Ware could eventually play with a cast on his arm.
“We need to take more X-rays (Monday) morning to make sure it didn’t break clean through,’’ Ware said.
A clean break of the bone would not be good. That would probably mean surgery and sitting out at least six weeks. As it is, Ware will not play in at least the Broncos next three games -- next Sunday at Cincinnati, Oct. 2 at Tampa Bay and Oct. 9 against Atlanta.
The Broncos lost two other players to injuries in their 34-20 win against the Colts: Right tackle Donald Stephenson went down with a strained left calf midway through the first quarter. In his absence, Darrion Weems came off the bench to play right guard and Michael Schofield shifted from right guard to right tackle.
Late in the fourth quarter, Virgil Green suffered a strained left calf while making an 18-yard reception into Colts’ territory. Green left the locker room wearing a protective boot on his left foot to immobilize his calf.
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