Broncos put LB Mobley on injured reserve with spinal contusion

Updated: November 6, 2003, 8:53 PM ET

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley, who suffered a spinal cord contusion last month, was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Mobley was injured in a 26-6 loss at Baltimore on October 26 when he and cornerback Kelly Herndon tackled running back Jamal Lewis. The eight-year veteran underwent an MRI on Wednesday that came up negative and will not need surgery. But doctors said he requires a six- to nine-month rehabilitation period.

Mobley's agent, Brian Mackler, told the team his client hopes to return by the start of training camp next year.

Mobley started seven of eight games this season and ranks fourth on the team with 46 tackles. He played the strong side in the first six weeks before shifting to the weak side after Ian Gold suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Also beset by injuries to quarterbacks Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein, the Broncos (5-4) have lost three straight and trail first-place Kansas City by 3 1/2 games in the AFC West.

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