Now, John Lynch can only wait.
After suffering a pinched nerve on Monday, the 15-year veteran sat out Wednesday’s practice while awaiting the results of an MRI examination he underwent Tuesday.
“I’m just waiting on all the information to come back,” Lynch said as he walked off the practice field following the afternoon session. “They’re waiting on a specialist out in Los Angeles who did my neck surgery (Dr. Robert Watkins) to kind of check it out and see what he has to think. But I think everything’s good. We’ll see.”
Lynch categorized the injury as a “little stinger,” and said that his arm went numb after incurring the injury in the first quarter Monday night. He categorized it as the most serious problem with his neck since he underwent surgery on it in early 2004, just before he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and subsequently signed with the Broncos.
“It’s a concern because I’ve had little episodes since I’ve been here, but this is the first big one I’ve had (since coming to Denver), so it’s a little bit of a concern,” he said.
But, he emphasized, he was “feeling all right,” and said that he could run around the field.
“Things bounce back really quickly,” Lynch said. “I’m feeling a lot better.”
Lynch, defensive tackle Sam Adams and wide receiver Javon Walker were the only players on the 53-man roster to not practice Wednesday; Walker is recuperating from knee surgery while Adams is held out of practice each Wednesday. Running back Travis Henry made it through the full practice after sitting out last week and on Monday night with bruised ribs, while cornerback Champ Bailey also went through the full session after struggling with a quadriceps injury during the last two weeks.
“It felt good,” Bailey said after Monday night’s loss. “That’s the good thing. I finished the game. I was a little worried about that, but I finished strong and I feel confident about next week.”
Defensive tackle Antwon Burton (ankle), guard Montrae Holland (shoulder) and linebacker D.J. Williams (shoulder) were also listed on the injury report Wednesday, but each made it through the full day’s work.
In Michigan, the only Detroit Lion who did not practice at all on Wednesday was former Broncos first-round pick George Foster, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.