Broncos' Mobley out for season

Updated: November 6, 2003, 10:06 PM ET

DENVER -- Denver's injury woes worsened Thursday when linebacker John Mobley was placed on injured reserve with a bruised spinal cord.

Mobley won't require surgery but will need six to nine months to heal, doctors said. Results of an MRI performed Wednesday were negative.

Mobley's agent, Brian Mackler, said Mobley hopes to be back by the start of training camp next season.

Mobley was injured in the second quarter of Denver's 26-6 loss to Baltimore Oct. 26 when he collided with teammate Kelly Herndon and Ravens running back Jamal Lewis. Mobley lay motionless on the field for more than 10 minutes before moving his hands as he was carted off the field.

He spent the night in a Baltimore hospital, but walked out after test results were negative. Team officials waited a week for the swelling to go down before performing the MRI.

Al Wilson, Denver's only healthy starter left at linebacker, said this week that he would be surprised if Mobley came back this season.

"I wouldn't count John out because I know what kind of person he is, but this is tough to come back from," Wilson said. "He sounded like a guy that was thinking about his future, that's what it sounded like to me when I talked to him. I think this put a lot of stuff in perspective for him. It brought his life back to reality again, for sure."

Linebacker Ian Gold and backup quarterback Steve Beuerlein are also on injured reserve. Gold tore a knee ligament Oct. 12 against Pittsburgh and Beuerlein broke his pinky finger the following week against Minnesota.

Injuries have also kept quarterback Jake Plummer out for four games, strong safety Kenoy Kennedy and receiver Ed McCaffrey for three games each, and left tackle Ephraim Salaam for two.

Denver started the season without defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, who injured his wrist in a fight outside a pancake restaurant, and running back Clinton Portis missed what amounted to two games with a bruised sternum.

Mobley started the season as Denver's strongside linebacker, but switched to the weak side after Gold's injury. He was fourth on the team with 46 tackles despite sitting out Monday's game against New England.

Mobley has led the Broncos in tackles four of his seven seasons and had 142 last year, his first on the strong side after six seasons at weakside.

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