Ordinarily, football players are done in by money or diminished skill.

Elvis Dumervil lost his spot on the Broncos' roster because of tardy paperwork and what appears to be a slow-moving fax machine.

One minute, the Broncos were celebrating a new contract that retained Dumervil. Six agonizing minutes later, the Broncos were furious at having to release a three-time Pro Bowler with 63 ½ career sacks off their roster.

Call this the Dumervil Deadline Debacle.

The upstairs floor at Dove Valley was thrown into chaos Friday afternoon when the signature pages on a revised contract from Dumervil, who was in Miami, and his agent Marty Magid, who was in Philadelphia, didn't show up on the Broncos' fax machine, which was in Englewood, until 2:06 p.m. — 6 minutes and one second past the deadline to file contracts to the NFL office.