posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 10:15 PM
DENVER -- The Broncos released linebacker John Mobley on Tuesday because of a lingering neck injury that will keep him from playing this season.
Mobley bruised his spine on Oct. 26 in a collision with teammate Kelly Herndon and Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis. Mobley had hoped to return this
season, but a specialist determined last month that the bruise was still there.
Mobley failed his physical before the start of training camp this week and the Broncos elected to release him to clear up a roster spot.
"You have to release him to get down to the maximum number of players you can have on the team," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "It doesn't mean we
don't want John Mobley back on our football team. If six months to a year from now he feels like he is ready to go, then we will assess him then."
Mobley was one of Denver's most consistent players after the Broncos drafted him in the first round in 1996. He started 102 of 105 games in eight
seasons, played on Denver's two Super Bowl teams and was an All-Pro in 1997, when he had 162 tackles and four sacks.