For Broncos, Injuries Make a Bad Night Worse

Syd'Quan Thompson

THOMPSON: ... feared lost for the season.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – It was bad enough for the Broncos to get beaten to close the preseason. But they were also beaten up by the Arizona Cardinals.

Five players from Denver’s already compromised second and third teams succumbed to injuries Thursday: safety David Bruton (shoulder), wide receiver Britt Davis (concussion), middle linebacker Nate Irving (chest contusion), wide receiver Matthew Willis (turf toe) and cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson (Achilles tendon).

Of the injuries, Thompson’s looked like it was the worst, and Broncos coach John Fox said it was the “most serious” of all.

Thompson fell to the ground during Arizona’s second touchdown of the first quarter and had to be helped off the field, unable to put weight on his right leg. ┬áHe was immediately ruled out for the game by Broncos medical staff.

“It’s tough, because he’s been having a great camp. The guy’s a playmaker,” said cornerback Champ Bailey. “It sucks, but that’s how football is.”

If Thompson tore his Achilles tendon, as was feared, his season would be over.

“I feel bad for him, but I know he’ll be back next year ready to go,” Bailey said.

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About Andrew Mason

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

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