ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Veteran defensive lineman Jurrell Casey will miss the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a bicep tear during the Broncos' loss to the Buccaneers, Head Coach Vic Fangio announced Monday.
"I was watching tape last night," Fangio said. "I saw the play kind of where it happened. You can see him reach for his arm. … It was some point there in the second half, I believe. With a lot of injuries, they don't seem as bad as they end up being, and guys are able to finish, a la Bradley Chubb last year, who finished the game when he tore his ACL. That's what happened with him there."
He played 48 of the team's 68 snaps during Sunday's game.
Casey, a five-time Pro Bowler, started all three of the Broncos' games to begin the season and tallied 14 tackles, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits and three passes defensed.
The Broncos acquired Casey for a seventh-round pick this offseason, and the veteran defensive lineman headed to Denver having tallied at least five sacks in each of the last seven seasons.
The Broncos' defensive line depth previously took a hit when they placed Dre'Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker on injured reserve ahead of Week 3, and Casey is now expected to join a growing list of players on injured reserve. Starters Von Miller, Courtland Sutton and A.J. Bouye were previously placed on IR, and Drew Lock and Phillip Lindsay have also suffered multi-week injuries.
Casey, Miller, Sutton, Bouye and Lindsay have a combined 16 Pro Bowl appearances between them.
"It probably is [new territory in Fangio's coaching career] in light of the amount [of injuries] that you're talking about so early in the season," Fangio said. "Maybe in that regard it is. But injuries are part of the NFL. We've just got to keep moving on. The next guy up will have to go in there and play good, the rest of the team will have to play good around everybody else. We'll find the guys that are going to go out there. I'm confident that they'll play hard and give us every effort they have."