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Published on 10/23/2009 at Fri Oct 23 17:45.
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Vonnie Holliday congratulates Eddie Royal after his punt return touchdown against the Chargers. (REUTERS/Fred Greaves)

Vonnie Holliday congratulates Eddie Royal after his punt return touchdown against the Chargers. (REUTERS/Fred Greaves)

We knocked on wood about twelve times during the construction of this article, and recommend you do the same while reading it. But it’s worth noting — these 2009, 6-0 Denver Broncos have been remarkably, remarkably healthy.

(Knock on wood).

The team’s health is remarkable particularly in light of the flight of injuries that plagued the 2008 Broncos. Aside from the seven running backs on the team’s Reserve/Injured list by season’s end, the Broncos’ IR was entering double-digits by about this time last year.

The 2009 Broncos have yet to endure a season-ending injury to a single starter or projected starter. No defensive starter has missed a game due to injury, and no offensive starter has missed more than one game.

(Knock on wood).
Consider the team’s Week 6 Injury Report. Only two players were listed — LB/FB Spencer Larsen (out) and RB Correll Buckhalter (probable).

Indeed, between all the high-flying tackles and hard hits on the football field, the worst injury this team has suffered in 2009 actually took place off it. Larsen’s slip-and-fall in Cincinnati remains the Broncos’ most devastating loss to date. What’s more — many speculate that Larsen could return to action after the team’s Week 7 bye to face the Baltimore Ravens.

Is it possible the Broncos will have a completely empty Injury Report for Week 8?

(Knock on wood).

As a result, the Broncos haven’t executed an NFL transaction since September 10, 2009, when CB Josh Bell and G Matt McChesney were technically released with injury settlements.

Note that September 10th was three days before the start of the regular season at Cincy. No other team in the NFL is yet to execute a transaction since the 2009′s kickoff, and most have undergone several.

What does it mean? 1. Josh McDaniels did a solid job of selecting his 53-man roster (Brett Kern rumors notwithstanding). 2. The Broncos, whether due to improved conditioning, a whole lot of luck (NOTE: this), or a little of both, are fairly immune to the injury bug.

(Knock on wood).

So as the Broncos pause during the bye week, we wonder aloud how this 2009 team — particularly the surprisingly dominant defense — would survive a sudden rash of injuries. The 2006 Denver Broncos also started the season with a dominant defense (leading them to a 7-2 record) that ultimately fell apart after injuries to LB Al Wilson, S John Lynch, and DT Gerard Warren left them vulnerable (among other causes).

Would the 2009 Broncos be able to survive an injury that knocked out defensive captain/stalwart/playmaker/superhero Brian Dawkins for three weeks?

(Knock on wood. Knock on wood. Knock on wood.)

While teams will never use injuries as an excuse, and the Broncos’ start is certainly attributable to a lot more than just the team’s health, one wonders how Broncos squads past would have performed if they had this same phenomenal run of good luck.

We’ve always found this relationship between a team’s health and overall performance fascinating, and one of the lesser-talked about aspects of this game we love. Hopefully injuries will continue to be a non-issue for the 2009 Broncos as they look toward football in January.

(Knock on wood.)

  • broncoinva9986

    This shows how bored you guys are. Dont ever talk about how great the health of the team is. too much a jinx…Dislike this article.

  • DenversFinest

    Kyle, you better hope no one gets hurt! JJ, (knock on WOOD!)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/2BAYIAO43HDNCFTNPFJ6RCS56Y Punisher

    I think I read somewhere before the season that McD was having them practice in pads and the strength coach (Tuten?) was saying he was doing things he always wanted to do but apparently it wasn't consistent with Shanny's program. Shanny felt like practicing in pads would lead to injuries in practice and he didn't want to risk that. Also by not working the team as hard they would be fresher. However it always seemed Shanny's teams were injury prone and ran out of gas in the 2nd half (games and season). It appears this team is better conditioned and that leads to fewer injuries and being able to close out games. There are many reasons why this team is so much different than last year and conditioning is part of that.

    Off the subject, a funny thing happened to me yesterday. I'm out shopping for a BDawk jersey and the jerseys are on a circular rack right in front of the register. There are several different teams on the rack and I am rifling through some Broncos jerseys. I am deep in thought trying to decide if I want the white or blue jersey. All of the sudden I hear a voice coming from the checkout, “You know, we just got some Cutler jerseys in last night.” I kind of paused for a moment like why the hell is this dude telling me that? Is he trying to piss me off (I live in Wichita, KS) b/c he's a Chiefs fan? I look up at him and I must have had a dumbfounded look on my face b/c he then sheepishly realizes I am looking at Broncos jerseys and he goes, “Oh… you're not looking at Bears jerseys, are you?” I just had to chuckle and said “No, no I'm not” and he walks off embarrassed.

  • mikebirty

    gah gah gah! You HAVE to remove this article. You may as well have just announced you've booked your tickets, flight and hotel for the Superbowl. I'm not worried about tempting fate like this because I'm only superstitious from the moment i wake up to the moment i go to sleep.

  • TJ

    For the love of all that is sacred. Please remove this article before the whole goddamn team gets swine flu or something!! This article deserves a C'mon man!!

  • Name

    C'mon, Man!!!

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    That's pretty funny

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    LOL, BT is more superstitious than I thought.

  • http://manchester-architects.com T-Money

    Let's just hope that superstition has nothing to do with it! Damn, tomorrow is going to be so boring.

  • http://kellyleephipps.com Kelly Lee Phipps

    Well Vikings lost to Steelers that was exciting, now we are one of three undefeated teams!

  • http://manchester-architects.com T-Money

    The Bears are getting man handled by the benglas! It's 21-0 in the 2nd and CIN is 3-0 on their drives. It's killing my picks but making Denver's pick even better.

  • robtink242

    after this week we better rise on those power rankings. For sure #2.

  • mickyjocky

    Incollege right now will read this latter

    Thanks
    mark
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