Broncos’ Elvis Dumervil cited for assault

And the season from hell continues for the Denver Broncos.

According to KDVR in Denver, Elvis Dumervil (who was placed on injured reserve before the season with a torn pectoral muscle) was cited for assault following the Broncos’ loss to the Raiders in Week 7. He allegedly tussled with a parking attendant outside Invesco Field and was cited for both assault and disturbing the peace.

As the report notes, Dumervil hasn’t gotten into any real trouble since being selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft out of Louisville. He apparently has some speeding violations and was once busted for not having proof of insurance, but nothing that would warrant punishment from the league for this assault situation.

Dumervil wasn’t the only Bronco to find himself on the wrong side of the law this year. Back in November, DJ Williams was arrested by Denver Police for DUI and less than two weeks ago, Perrish Cox was busted for charges of sexual assault. This past Monday, Kevin Alexander was arrested for assault and battery and was released by the team shortly thereafter.

Is it just me or do players usually find themselves in bad headlines when their team is having a horrible year? This of course doesn’t apply to Cincinnati Bengal players, who find themselves in bad headlines no matter what kind of season they’re having. But it just seems like when it rains it pours for NFL teams. And it hasn’t stopped raining on the Broncos since they started 6-0 last year.

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Receiver, weakside LB will be major question marks for Broncos in 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Defensive end Jarvis Moss #94 of the Denver Broncos leaves the line of scrimmage against the Oakland Raiders during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 31-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Merry training camp season, everyone. It’s been a long offseason, but football is finally gearing up again and to celebrate I’m rolling out a new series on TSR entitled “2010 NFL Question Marks,” where I discuss one or two of the biggest concerns that teams have heading into the new season. Granted, some teams have more issues than others, but I’ll primarily be focusing on the biggest problem areas. Today I’ll be discussing two potential issues that the Broncos face in 2010.

I’ve tried to stick with talking about only one position when discussing teams in this question marks series, but it’s hard not to bring up two key issues that the Broncos will face this season.

Brandon Marshall amassed 101 receptions and 10 touchdowns last season – almost half the number of TDs that Kyle Orton threw (21). The player with the next most receptions on the team last year was Jabar Gaffney, who finished with 54.

Needless to say, now that he’s in Miami the Broncos’ receivers have their work cut out for them trying to duplicate Marshall’s success.

The team did well by selecting former Georgia Tech product Demaryius Thomas in the first round of April’s draft. His skill set is off the charts and in time, he could make Denver forget about Marshall and become the Broncos’ go-to guy.

But he also keeps injuring his surgically repaired left foot and while he should be ready to go by Week 1, will the foot be a problem for him from here on out? How many times do we see a player hampered by an injury all season, even though he’s able to play every Sunday? Receivers have a difficult time making an impact in their rookie years as it is, so it stands to reason that Thomas could struggle this season.

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