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The Broncos lost their top two tailbacks, Correll Buckhalter (back) and Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), on the first day of camp. Moreno is expected to miss the rest of camp, and Buckhalter may be back next week.

Inside linebacker D.J. Williams and safety Brian Dawkins have been missing practice time, too. No reasons have been given for their absences.

Denver was already without All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady as he recovers from a torn left patellar tendon he suffered playing hoops in the offseason.

All these standouts going down reminds McDaniels of the 2008 season when he was the offensive coordinator in New England and Tom Brady was lost for the season with a knee injury in the opener.

“Anytime you lose a player for a period of time that has that kind of impact on your team, nobody looks forward to that,” McDaniels said. “But they’re not going to write at the end of the season, ‘Our record was such and such and Elvis Dumervil had an injury in training camp.’ They’re just going to tell you what our record was.

“We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves.”

Just when the Broncos received backfield reinforcement with the signing of free agent and Denver native LenDale White on Wednesday, their All-Pro outside linebacker got hurt.

Dumervil prospered last season in the Broncos‘ new defensive look that converted him from a classic 4-3 defensive end into a stand-up outside linebacker in the 3-4, which employs three down linemen and four linebackers.

Despite his diminutive stature _ 5-foot-11 and 248 pounds _ Dumervil’s extraordinarily long arms and low center of gravity make him difficult to defend as he has built-in leverage against almost anybody he faces.

He has 43 sacks since being drafted in the fourth round out of the University of Louisville in 2006.

Dumervil was anticipating another big season, too, joking around before camp began about the pressures of trying to defend his sacks crown.

“We all feel bad, obviously, for Elvis,” McDaniels said. “I know how badly he wanted to start the season.”


AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed.