The day after the team’s season-opening win against Pittsburgh, the Broncos received some unfortunate news.
Defensive tackle Ty Warren, who spent the 2011 season on injured reserve with an injured triceps, re-tore the same triceps on Sunday.
“I’ll keep you abreast of what we do moving forward,” Head Coach John Fox told the media. “I haven’t even talked to Ty yet. I’m sure he’s very disappointed.”
Defensive line is a position that the Broncos addressed prior to the start of the season, signing Justin Bannan in free agency and picking up Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson in the 2012 NFL Draft. Kevin Vickerson returned to health, as well.
“One of the things that’s helpful this offseason is that we’ve been able to add depth to that position,” Fox said. “Obviously we don’t want to lose a player like Ty for a significant amount of time, and this obviously will be, but we’ll adjust and, ‘Next man up.’”
Fox said no decision has been made in terms of Warren’s roster status after the injury.
“We’ll keep you posted,” he said.
In other roster moves, Fox said the team will re-sign quarterback Caleb Hanie, who was released on Saturday.
“That was procedural on Caleb, so we’ll re-sign him,” Fox said.
Salaries of vested veterans — like Hanie — are guaranteed the rest of the season if they are on the roster for Week 1 games. Hanie was released on Saturday prior to the team’s Week 1 game against Pittsburgh.
“That was procedural so we could have some flexibility moving forward as far as a vested veteran,” Fox explained.
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On the Steelers converting 11-of-19 third downs:
“Really just a combination of two things: us probably not playing as well as we can, and playing against a pretty good group when it comes to that part of the third down — those extended plays. A couple instances, we were dropping when we should’ve been rushing. We dropped a couple coverages. We fell down on a third-and-long over the middle. We took a little bit of a bite on a stick move to the outside. We got beat inside for significant gains. So just things that we’ll have to watch the tape, I know we can improve at (and) that’s definitely an area we need to improve on.”
On linebackers Keith Brooking and Danny Trevathan seeing more playing time:
“The plan was for (Brooking) to spell a little bit. We probably didn’t do as good a job a job of spelling our starting three (linebackers). They were up in the 70s as far as (play) totals. We’ll bring Danny Trevathan along as well as Keith Brooking, who didn’t get a lot of time on the field in the preseason.”
On a winning formula:
“I think we scored 31 points and we held a very good offense to 19. You’re going to win your share when you combine those two things, no matter how you get there. I think the defense obviously helped with the pick-six to get to that total. There’s just a lot of ways to get there and each one of these takes on its own personality. This week won’t be any different versus the Atlanta Falcons.”
On quarterback Peyton Manning continuing to improve:
“I’ve seen improvement every time he’s gone out, going back to the beginning of preseason—actually, all the way back to Duke for that matter. Physically, mentally, him adjusting to new teammates, new coaches—I think he’s been tremendous and I think, obviously, he played well enough for us to win.”
On the fans:
“Our fans are tremendous. I’ve said it many times. That was a very electric feel in that stadium. It wasn’t all the black and gold, (like) at stadiums I’ve been in in the past. Kudos to our fans for keeping their tickets. I think it’s a great home-field advantage. As I’ve said before many times, it’s probably the best in the league. It was a great example last night.”