On Monday, the Denver Broncos placed linebacker Joe Mays on the injured reserve list with a broken leg. It’s been a rough season for Mays who was suspended for a week following his hit on Houston Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub. Mays then lost his starting job at middle linebacker following a loss to the New England Patriots. The Broncos gave up over 200 yards rushing to the Patriots and right or wrong, Mays took the brunt of the blame for that performance.
Keith Brooking who replaced Mays in the starting lineup has played very well, and Mays had been regulated to special team’s duty and that’s where he was injured. Mays is a fan favorite and very popular in the locker room, but the truth is that he probably will not be missed. As mentioned earlier, Brooking is playing well versus the run on the early downs, and the continued emergence of rookie Danny Trevathan makes the loss of Mays a little easier to take.
The player that might benefit the most from the Mays injury is, DJ Williams who comes off of suspension in two weeks. Even without Mays, Williams is going to have a difficult time getting on the field but that’s better than being cut. No one knows for sure what the Broncos are thinking but as well as the linebackers are playing; it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they could just released the troubled player. However with the loss of Mays, the Broncos need depth at that position and Williams can provide that.
The Denver Broncos will be fine going forward but the future for Mays with the team is now in doubt. It’s too bad because Mays is one of the good guys.
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