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Broncos' Dumervil might be done for the year

Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil, left, and

Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil, left, and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, second from left, while running back Brandon Jacobs (27) looks on during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Denver, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/ David Zalubowski) Photo Credit: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Broncos linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who led the NFL last season with 17 sacks, might be done for the year because of a torn pectoral muscle.

If so, it would be a huge blow to the Broncos, who are hoping to contend with AFC West favorite San Diego this season.

ESPN first reported the extent of the injury Thursday. Dumervil was hurt at practice Wednesday night and was seen holding his right arm after a defensive drill. Dumervil signed a five-year, $58.3 million contract extension last month that included $43.2 million in guaranteed money, a record for a pass rusher.

Without Dumervil, the Broncos are without a legitimate pass rusher. Defensive lineman Darrell Reid had four sacks last year, the most of any returning Broncos defender other than Dumervil. But even Reid is hurting; he has a knee problem and hasn't taken part in camp just yet. The other outside linebackers are former first-round picks Robert Ayers and Jarvis Moss.

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