The Broncos got the best possible news on DE Elvis Dumervil's left shoulder Monday when an MRI revealed nothing more than a muscle strain. Dumervil is considered "day to day," Broncos coach John Fox said.
Dumervil had a sprained left shoulder early in 2011 that he tried to play through in Week 1. However, his struggles to play essentially one-armed led the Broncos to deactivate him for two games before he returned to the lineup. Thus, the Broncos might be cautious with Dumervil, who said Sunday the shoulder "hurt pretty bad," causing him to miss the final three quarters of Denver's 36-14 win.
"He'll be fine," S Rahim Moore said. "I know when he was in [on Sunday] he played his butt off, and he was going to have a monster game, like he always does. That's our captain, that's our leader, that's our playmaker."
Dumervil is second on the Broncos with seven sacks this year.
If Dumervil doesn't play against San Diego on Sunday, Robert Ayers -- a former starter and 2009 first-round pick who was demoted this summer -- would likely take his place. Ayers played 49 snaps on Sunday and finished with a sack, five tackles, two tackles for losses and two passes defensed.
"Robert did an outstanding job stepping in when Elvis went down," Fox said. "He had probably one of his better outings since I've been here."
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GREAT NEWS HE'S NOW DAY TO DAY