Denver Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson to miss rest of season because of torn right pectoral muscle

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson, who is the team’s next-top tackler, will skip the remainder of the year right after he endured a torn appropriate pectoral muscle mass in Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Broncos mentor Vic Fangio said Monday that exams had revealed the tear. Johnson, who has 32 tackles on the year, will become the third Broncos defensive starter — and third linebacker — to head to hurt reserve in the earlier 4 months. Outside the house linebacker Bradley Chubb went to hurt reserve final thirty day period right after surgical procedures to take out a bone spur from his remaining ankle.

Johnson is also the next of those defensive starters, together with fellow inside of linebacker Josey Jewell, to have endured a torn pectoral muscle mass. Jewell endured his injury in the Broncos’ 7 days 2 get over Jacksonville.

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Fangio said the team’s health-related workers will glimpse at both equally injuries to appraise why two gamers at the exact place endured the exact injuries.

“They’re going to glimpse at it, Josey’s was a speak to injury, and [Johnson] fell on his,” Fangio said. “But they’re going to glimpse at it. It appears to be a much more prevalent injury presently around the NFL than it has been in the earlier.”

Fangio isn’t imagining it. In 2019, the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Drugs did a review to figure out whether the selection of gamers suffering torn pectoral muscle mass was on the rise. And right after finding out the injuries that had been built general public, the report said torn pectorals had improved five instances among 2010 and 2017 than had occurred from 2000 to 2010.

Jewell endured his injury on particular teams — covering a punt — although Johnson was hurt in go protection on a 31-property touchdown go from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to managing back again Kenyan Drake.

Micah Kiser entered the sport right after Johnson was hurt and performed the rest of the way. Kiser and Justin Strnad are expected to get started at the two inside of linebacker spots Thursday night time towards the Cleveland Browns, with Strnad expected to have on the interaction earpiece in his helmet in the course of the sport.

Jewell had worn the earpiece, and then Johnson did in the months next Jewell’s injury.

“That is the way it will be appropriate now, [but] we will see how [Kiser] can do it with it, too, and make a final decision by sport time,” Fangio said.

Fangio said the Broncos may possibly have to elevate one or two inside of linebackers from their practice squad for Thursday’s sport. Within linebackers Curtis Robinson and Barrington Wade are on the Broncos’ practice squad and both equally were being with the workforce all through coaching camp.