Coach Vic Fangio said Darby (hamstring) went for an MRI on Monday, which revealed a small tear, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. The Broncos already placed Darby on IR, but he is likely to be sidelined longer than the minimum three weeks. Rookie first-round pick Patrick Surtain is expected to step into the starting role in Darby's absence.
Darby recorded six tackles and allowed six receptions on nine targets in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Giants. Darby played on 100% of Denver's defensive snaps and defended one pass in the contest. The veteran cornerback's debut as a Bronco was solid, and he will likely be a productive member of a Denver defense that projects to have a strong 2021 campaign. Next up for Darby is a favorable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 2.
The Broncos signed Darby to a three-year, $30 million contract Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Darby is cashing in after having played on a one-year, $3 million contract in Washington last season. He finally stayed healthy for a full 16-game slate in 2020, and his contract is an indication that the Broncos aren't too worried about the health concerns that plagued Darby earlier in his career. He's primed to occupy one of the team's outside starting cornerback spots next season.
Darby was a 16-game starter in 2020, recording 55 tackles (43 solo), 16 pass defenses and a fumble recovery on 1,001 defensive snaps. Darby was fifth in the league in PDs, yet didn't record a single interception. PFF graded him at No. 31 out of 122 qualified cornerbacks, 13 spots ahead of teammate Kendall Fuller. Washington more than got its money's worth on a one-year, $3 million contract, so it'll likely be far more expensive if the team wants to keep Darby around for 2021 and beyond. Granted, other franchises may have some concerns about his medical history, as the 27-year-old cornerback played just 28 games in his three seasons (2017-19) with the division-rival Eagles.
Darby (illness) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports. Darby missed Wednesday's practice session with a non-COVID-19 related illness, so the fact that he returned so quickly is a positive sign. Now that the veteran appears healthy, he'll assume his usual starting role at cornerback, tasked with slowing down the dangerous Dallas receiving corps Sunday.
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