DOVE VALLEY, Colo. - Broncos receiver Jordan Norwood, who seemed on the verge of becoming one of the NFL's best comeback stories of the preseason, suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament during practice Wednesday and is lost for the season.
Norwood was attempting to catch a sideline pass from Peyton Manning during an 11-on-11 team drill against the Houston Texans when cornerback Brandon Harris broke up the play.
Norwood fell and was carted off the practice field. He went for a magnetic resonance imaging exam and returned to the team's headquarters about 1:30 p.m. bearing crutches and an enormous brace on his left knee.
About an hour later, results from the MRI confirmed the worst. Norwood, 27, was undrafted out of Penn State in 2009. He wound up signing with Cleveland, the first step in his well-traveled journey. He wound up with four teams and was cut five times.
With the Broncos, Norwood made a strong first impression with a 20-yard punt return and 34-yard touchdown reception in the Broncos' preseason-opening 21-16 win against Seattle on Aug. 7. In the next practice, Norwood was the Broncos' No. 1 punt returner and mixed in with Manning's No. 1 offense as a slot receiver.