DENVER – Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was released from the hospital Friday, a week after he was critically injured in a car crash.

Carswell suffered rib fractures, a ruptured diaphragm, a ruptured spleen and internal injuries in the Oct. 27 crash and is out for the season.

He underwent a five-hour operation to remove his spleen and repair internal organ damage hours after the collision.

Carswell, 33, was on his way to Broncos headquarters in suburban Denver when two other cars collided and hit his 1994 Chevrolet sedan and other vehicles. Police said Carswell was not at fault.

Both doors and parts of the fenders on the driver’s side of Carswell’s car were torn off and crumpled.

The 12-year veteran, known by his teammates as “House,” played tight end during his first 11 seasons, all in Denver.

He was moved to offensive line this year but the Broncos have used him in tackle-eligible plays several times. Last month, playing in his home town of Jacksonville, he caught two touchdown passes.

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