A former undrafted free agent from Indiana State, linebacker Jonas Griffith is entering his third season in the NFL as the Denver Broncos’ starting linebacker.
Griffith, 25, joined a few other Broncos defensemen to start the team’s preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. That appearance was short-lived, with the linebacker suffering a seemingly serious elbow injury just 40 seconds into the game.
Griffith was seen on the field at Mile High in pain as he walked out for the locker room. Denver almost immediately ruled him out for the rest of the match.
These are the issues that arise when teams decide to play starters in preseason. Those against actually played pre-season games could also use similar injuries to make their point.
From a micro standpoint, that could prove to be a big deal for a Super Bowl-contending Broncos team that’s thin at linebacker.