Denver Broncos head coach, John Fox announced on Monday that defensive tackle Ty Warren will miss the remainder of the regular season with a torn triceps. It is the same injury that sidelined Warren last season, and this will now be the third straight year that he has suffered a season ending injury. There’s no doubt that the injury is a blow to the Broncos but if there’s a position where the team could afford a loss, it’s on the defensive line.
Even with the loss of Warren, the Broncos are deep on the defensive front. They have some options in replacing him and it will probably be a combination of those options that the Broncos will employ going forward. The easiest move to make is just to insert Kevin Vickerson into the starting lineup; he’s good versus the run and played well in the win over the Pittsburgh Steelers when he wasn’t jumping off-sides. Vickerson will be fine if that’s the way Fox and the Broncos decide to go.
The other option is to move rookie, Derek Wolfe back inside to defensive tackle and start Robert Ayers at defensive end. Wolfe was drafted as a defensive tackle and could easily make the transition back inside. Ayers has started at defensive end for the past two seasons and was playing very well at the end of last season.
The Denver Broncos use a rotation on the defensive line and they keep everyone fresh. That won’t change with the injury to Warren; it will just mean moving a couple of guys around. Fox also announced that they will bring back quarterback, Caleb Hanie. So it could be a very simple move; they re-sign Haine, move Warren to the injured reserve and keep Sealver Siliga on the roster. Siliga is a young defensive tackle that the Broncos like a lot, and now he may get an opportunity to play. In addition to Siliga, look for rookie defensive end Malik Jackson to get some time as well. Injuries always hurt but the Broncos are in position to whether this one fairly well.
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