The Denver Post reports that Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, who led the team in tackles in 2010, will miss 3-4 weeks after dislocating his elbow in the team’s third preseason game. Williams, 29, had 119 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and a forced fumble for the Broncos last year.
The Ball Says: This injury places Williams’ availability for Denver’s first few regular season games very much in doubt, and given the uncertainty about when Williams will return to the lineup and at how it might affect him once he does return it’s a significant blow to his fantasy draft stock, dropping him from high-end IDP LB2 to lower-end LB3 in the blink of an eye. Fourth year pro Wesley Woodyard will step into the hole on the weakside of Denver’s new 4-3 defense, and IDP owners who have already drafted will just have to hope that Williams can return to their lineups sooner as opposed to later.