And the injury bug just continues to bite the Denver Broncos‘ defense.
Reports are out that Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson dislocated his hip during the game Sunday night against the New England Patriots. The good news is that he will not need surgery for the hip. The bad news is that it will sideline him for at least six weeks, maybe even more. The minimum of six weeks would mean that he will miss the rest of the regular season and would be back for the AFC Divisional Round. But depending on how long it takes for him to recover, we may not see Vickerson on the field for the rest of the season if it is anything like Percy Harvin‘s injury.
This injury hurts the Broncos. They have lost a vital piece to their defense who was playing well this season. Losing your everyday starter is never a good thing as Vickerson was a core piece to the defensive line for the Broncos. His likely replacement will be either Mitch Unrein or rookie defensive lineman Sylvester Williams. No matter who starts, fans better hope that they can learn on the fly.
This injury could not have come at a worst time for the Broncos, who are fighting off teams for not only the division but for a first round bye and home-field advantage. The good news is that the Broncos’ defense has adjusted to losing key players when given time. Injuries are hard to overcome for a team, especially for a team that doesn’t have the personnel or depth to cover the injury. But I believe that the Broncos have that and should be okay. Losing Vickerson hurts, but hopefully it is a small price that can be easy to overcome.