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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Defensive tackle still big issue in Denver

By Bill Williamson

Heading into the NFL draft, defensive tackle was the Denver Broncos’ biggest question mark.

Now, four months later, it remains Denver’s biggest area of concern.

The Broncos’ situation at the vital position is again up in the air after top free-agent pickup Ty Warren suffered a partially torn triceps. Denver doesn’t know exactly how long he will be out or if he will need surgery. But he is expected to miss several weeks and could even miss the season. Denver signed the former New England standout to a two-year, $8 million deal this month.

He was supposed to bring stability and veteran leadership to Denver’s weakest area. He was hurt Monday. To make matters worse, Denver’s other starting defensive tackle, Marcus Thomas, suffered a pectoral injury Monday and he will be out for the rest of the preseason.

Newly acquired Brodrick Bunkley and holdover Kevin Vickerson will step in for the Broncos. They also have newcomers Derrick Harvey and Jeremy Jarmon. Expect Denver -- which didn’t address the position in the draft -- to scour the list of remaining free agents and scout the waiver wire in the next month in search of more help at defensive tackle.