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Broncos Lineman Injured in Car Crash


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Broncos' Carswell has internal bleeding after crashAssociated Press

AURORA, Colo. -- Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was in critical but stable condition Thursday after he was seriously injured in a five-car accident.


Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist told KCNC-TV in Denver that Carswell tore his diaphragm and had internal bleeding in his chest. Doctors were trying to determine whether there were injuries to his heart or aorta, Sundquist said.

Team spokesman Jim Saccomano said Carswell was undergoing surgery but refused to release any details. Hospital spokeswoman Beverly Petry said Carswell was still in surgery, five hours after the crash, in critical but stable condition.

Officer Tony Guzman said Carswell was in one of three cars traveling south when two northbound cars collided and veered into the southbound lanes. Several of the cars were extensively damaged, Guzman said. A woman also was taken to the hospital. Her name was not released.

"In no shape or form was [Carswell] the one that caused the accident," Guzman said.

The 33-year-old Carswell, a former tight end, is in his 12th year in the NFL. He caught two touchdown passes against Jacksonville this year. He originally signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent from Liberty in 1994.

Denver is scheduled to host Philadelphia on Sunday.

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