Elvis Dumervil was supposed to be the self-professed `Batman' to rookie Von Miller's `Robin' as a pass-rushing duo for the Denver Broncos.
But Dumervil's superpowers as a top-tier NFL pass rusher have been largely zapped by a nagging shoulder injury that has forced him to miss two games and play part-time in another.
''I'd rather it happen now than later,'' said Dumervil, who has one total tackle, plus a quarterback hit on Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers last Sunday, in abbreviated action this season.
''But I'm getting better every day. Day in and day out at practice I'm feeling more comfortable, so I'm looking forward to this weekend.''
The Broncos (1-3) could see their season spiral downward with a loss at home Sunday to the San Diego Chargers (3-1), who have won eight of the last 10 games in the AFC West series dating back to 2006.
Dumervil needs to be at full strength to complement Miller, the rookie outside linebacker out of Texas A&M who has four sacks.