If Jarvis Moss’ knee injury isn’t serious, and the initial thought by Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was it was just twisted, it still could set Moss back.
Rookies who miss practices in training camp have a tough time early in the season. In 2003, offensive tackle George Foster and running back Quentin Griffin missed most of camp and were non-factors for the team most of the year. Last season, receiver Brandon Marshall hurt himself in the first preseason game, missed the rest of preseason and had only 22 receiving yards through Denver’s first eight regular-season games.
Moss might be in the same boat if his injury is serious enough to knock him out for a week or two. His usefulness early in the season could decrease with every day he sits. And if the injury keeps him out for a long time? The Broncos would rather not think about that possibility.