clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Broncos already without top pass rushers, could be without current sack leader versus Raiders

New, comments

As if it wasn't bad enough the Broncos lost all of their sack leaders from the past five seasons during the off-season, their current sack leader is injured as well.

Doug Pensinger

The Broncos currently have five sacks on the season as a team. Half those sacks belong to Shaun Phillips and he may not play in Monday night's game against the Raiders. Phillips has 2.5 sacks on the season and after suffering back spasms in practice this week is officially questionable for Monday night.

The Broncos are having some real trouble finding a pass rush of late. As it is, the team's top two sack artists the past two seasons will both not suit up for the Broncos Monday. Elvis Dumervil left for Baltimore as a free agent thanks to a supposed fax machine mishap and Von Miller is currently serving a six-game suspension.

With those two out of the picture, the Broncos need guys like Shaun Phillips to generate some pressure on the quarterback and if he misses the game, it falls to Robert Ayers to fill that role. Ayers currently has one sack on the season and a total of 6.5 sacks over his previous four seasons in the NFL.

The Broncos are more likely to generate pressure from Derek Wolfe on the other side. He was third on the team with 6.0 sacks as a rookie last season. He will try and get past right tackle Tony Pashos who has given up just one hurry and zero sacks over the first two weeks of the season.

So, what we have is the Broncos sack leaders the past five seasons - Elvis Dumervil (2), DJ Williams, and Von Miller (2): All gone. Current sack leader: Questionable. Broncos pass rush: Suspect.