Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Since signing a two-year deal with Denver in 2011, Ty Warren has played in exactly five defensive snaps, all occurring last Sunday night against the Steelers.
Warren made his guaranteed $4 million last season, despite suffering a torn right triceps during training camp, earning him a spot on the injured reserve for the entire 2011 season.
At the start of training camp this August, Warren was healthy and ready to finally contribute to the Broncos' retooled defense. Coaches and fans were excited to have Warren in the lineup and see what he could add to the left side at defensive tackle.
Now, not so much. Ty Warren re-injured the same right triceps in the game against the Steelers last Sunday, most likely ending his season and possibly his NFL career.
Where do the Broncos go from here? It looks like Kevin Vickerson will replace Warren in the starting lineup. The Broncos also brought Sealver Siliga up from the practice squad who will probably see some time in the rotation as well.
Warren's injury poses a question mark over the Broncos' run defense, by far the weakest link last season. The phenomenal play, so far, by rookie Derek Wolfe is a step in the right direction. However, Denver will need a significant improvement in their run defense to have any chance at a Super Bowl title.
They will now have to do it without a well-paid Ty Warren.