The Denver Broncos are likely searching for another defensive tackle.
Haven’t we been down this road before?
A MRI shows top free agent acquisition Ty Warren, who left practice early Monday, has a partial triceps tear. The Denver Post reports the team is waiting until Warren’s swelling goes down before deciding if surgery is necessary.
Surgery or not, Warren, a starter, is expected to miss at least several weeks.
Warren missed the entire 2010 season with New England due to a hip injury. He was signed to a two-year deal worth $8 million earlier this month.
Warren’s injury happened just minutes after fellow starting DT Marcus Thomas left practice with a strained right pectoral muscle. He will miss the remainder of the preseason.
Expect Brodrick Bunkley and Kevin Vickerson to replace Thomas and Warren, with Derrick Harvey and Jeremy Jarmon also moving up the depth chart.
The good news is Denver has money to burn – rather, wisely spend – on a DT, if any are out there. According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the Broncos have about $24 million in cap space. Only the St. Louis Rams are currently over the cap. See the full list here.
The Broncos released RB LenDale White.
The 26-year-old was a second round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. His best season came two years later, when he rushed for 15 touchdowns for Tennessee. Signed by Denver after being cut by Seattle, White tore his Achilles during the preseason finale last year.
White, who attended high school in Denver, had 10 yards on four carries in last week’s preseason game at Dallas.
The release isn’t all that surprising; non-starters Lance Ball, Jeremy Johnson, and Brandon Minor have all outperformed the White in training camp.
The Broncos waived undrafted free agent LB A.J. Jones.