The Denver Broncos are 5-0 so far this season thanks in large part to their sensational defensive play.
The AFC West franchise has given up the fewest yards-per-game in the league and has forced a league-high 14 turnovers through the first five weeks of the 2015 campaign.
So, news today, then, that one of the key stars of the defensive unit is facing two weeks on the sidelines through injury will come as a huge blow for Gary Kubiak and Co.
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As reported by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, eight-time Pro Bowl pass rusher DeMarcus Ware is set to miss the Broncos' week six game against the Cleveland Browns due to a back injury.
Per the NFL.com report:
"Ware's injury has been described as a strain and he's expected miss about two weeks, per a source who has spoken to the player."
Fortunately for Denver, they enter a bye week following Sunday's game against the Browns, so the two-week lay off is not as impactful as it may have been at another time of the season.
Still, with ESPN's Ed Werner noting that the back issue will be re-evaluated ahead of week eight, it appears the two-week time frame is a bare minimum.
Ware has been in ominous form so far this year, picking up a sack in every game prior to being forced to the locker room early last weekend.
Alongside Von Miller, the former Dallas Cowboy has been a key reason for Denver's early season defensive success - the duo consistently rushing opponent quarterbacks into making mistakes.
In Ware's absence, either Shane Ray or Shaquil Barrett will see increased playing time.
Broncos fans: Is your poor offense putting too much pressure on the defense to perform? Have your say in the comments below...
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