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Top sacker of 2009 could miss season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil, whose 17 sacks last season led the league, might miss the entire season.

He tore a chest muscle Wednesday during a passing drill. Coach Josh McDaniels said the injury was being evaluated and there is no timetable for his return. However, the Associated Press reported Dumervil could miss up to five months, which would keep him out until early January.

Dumervil, 26, parlayed his breakout season into a five-year, $58.332 million ($43.168 million guaranteed) deal signed during the offseason, the biggest contract ever for a linebacker.

Without him, Denver lacks a bona fide pass rusher. Defensive lineman Darrell Reid, who hasn't practiced because of a knee injury, had four sacks last season, the most of any other returning player. The other outside linebackers, first-round picks Robert Ayers and Jarvis Moss, didn't have a sack last season.

"Nobody is going to replace him as an individual. We know that," McDaniels said. "We're not going to try to do that."

Texans extend deal of standout receiver

HOUSTON — Receiver Andre Johnson signed a contract that will keep him with the Texans through the 2016 season.

Johnson, 29, had five years left on a deal worth $60 million but wanted to renegotiate. Terms were not disclosed. But the Houston Chronicle reported what essentially is a two-year extension worth $38.5 million ($13 million guaranteed).

"It just speaks a lot to the people we have in the organization and the owner we have," said Johnson, who has led the league in receiving yards the past two seasons and topped 100 catches in three of the past four. "It's a first-class organization."

Roethlisberger update: Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Ben Roethlisberger but said he won't make a decision on the Steelers quarterback's suspension until "right before the regular season." Roethlisberger was suspended for six games after being accused of sexual assault, but he was never charged. Goodell left open the possibility of reducing it to four. Goodell also reiterated what he said Wednesday, that Roethlisberger was going "above and beyond" what the league was asking him to do but didn't go into details.

Bengals: Receiver Antonio Bryant will sit out Sunday's Hall of Fame game while recovering from last year's left knee surgery. It's the same knee that caused him to miss three games with the Bucs last season.

Cardinals: Tight end Ben Patrick displaced his left kneecap while being tackled but is expected to be ready for the season opener.

Giants: Receiver Hakeem Nicks practiced a day after sitting out with a hyperextended right knee. Starting center Shaun O'Hara missed his sixth practice because of swelling in his left ankle. An MRI exam did not show any structural damage, and the team hopes he can return Monday.

Jets: Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, who missed most of last season with a torn left ACL, practiced in pads for the first time and reported no problems.

Packers: Safety Atari Bigby is set to have surgery to clean up scar tissue in his left ankle and hopes to return within a month. In 2008, he had microfracture surgery on the ankle. Bigby said he felt pain after last week's conditioning test.

Redskins: An MRI exam on defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's sore left knee revealed no structural damage, the Washington Post reported. Pain prevented him taking a mandatory conditioning test for the third consecutive day. There is no timetable for him to make another attempt.

Top sacker of 2009 could miss season 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 11:25pm]
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