Broncos 23, Seahawks 20: Two Defensive Starters Injured

Brodrick Bunkley

BUNKLEY: ... "I'll be alright" after knee injury.

DENVER – Denver’s first-team defense was dominant in Saturday’s 23-20 preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks, but it didn’t emerge from the the game unscathed.

Linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley were forced from the game early due to elbow and knee injuries, respectively.

Williams’s injury appeared to be the more serious of the two. He left the field with his right arm being held by team trainer Steve Antonopulos and went to the locker room without pausing. Bunkley, who was taken down on a cut block by Seahawks guard Robert Gallery, was briefly examined on the sideline before retreating to the locker room.

After the game, Williams’s right arm was wrapped up from his wrist to his biceps muscle, and the entire arm was in a protective sling.

Bunkley appeared unaffected by his injury; he wasn’t on crutches and didn’t appear to have his movement hindered in any way.

“It kind of nicked me a little bit, but I’ll be alright, man. I’m a soldier,” Bunkley said.

The Denver Post reported that Williams dislocated his right elbow. That injury typically requires a recovery time of three to four weeks.

“I talked to D.J.,” said fellow linebacker Von Miller. “He’s been injured before. But I don’t expect him to be out too long. Hopefully he’ll be back ASAP.”

Bunkley was replaced by Ryan McBean, while Wesley Woodyard filled in for Williams.

“There’s a ‘next man up’ mentality but you definitely miss those guys when they go down,” safety Brian Dawkins said. “We’ll let them take care of what they need to take care and they’ll get back when they can.”

TIGHT END JULIUS THOMAS left the game in the third quarter and received treatment on the sideline, but he said it was just a calf cramp.

“It was nothing,” said Thomas, who led the Broncos with 70 yards on four receptions. “I’m fine.”

SITTING OUT: Safety David Bruton (concussion), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (Achilles tendon) and defensive tackles Marcus Thomas (pectoral muscle) and Ty Warren (triceps muscle) were ruled out before the game … linebacker Mario Haggan (shoulder sprain) did not play after practicing on Thursday and Friday.

About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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