Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (99) in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos expected to place Kevin Vickerson on injured reserve

Denver Broncos veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had himself a nice game against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, as he recorded his first sack of the season and added another hit on Tom Brady. However, Vickerson also sustained a serious hip injury in the loss, and it was initially reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Vickerson would have to miss at least six weeks with the dislocated hip.

The Broncos apparently don’t want to wait around for Vickerson to heal, as the Denver Post’s Mike Klis reports that the Broncos will likely place Vickerson on the injured reserve. Klis tweeted that Vickerson’s timeline to return is closer to eight weeks than six, and that’s simply too long to keep a mediocre player on the active roster. Vickerson does some nice things for the defense and is a decent veteran starter, but the Broncos can’t afford to keep him on the 53-man roster for eight weeks at this juncture of the season.

That means UNC rookie Sylvester Williams needs to step up, since he figures to play a key role as an interior pass rusher in a rotation with other Broncos DTs. Mitch Unrein looks to be the most adept at picking up Vickerson’s run defense, since that was Vickerson’s biggest asset. While Vickerson wasn’t all that good, the Broncos will still want to find away to replace his run defense, hopefully with somebody who doesn’t commit nearly as many penalties as Vickerson did.

It will be interesting to see what Williams does, as this is a huge spot for the rookie. The Broncos have plenty of talent in the front seven, especially with Von Miller already back to his elite level of play. And with “Pot Roast” Knighton beasting all year, the Broncos interior should be sturdy even without Vickerson.

Keep in mind that Vickerson hasn’t already been placed on the injured reserve, but it’s clear that it’s the best direction for the Broncos. They need roster flexibility most at this point, and they should be able to move past Vickerson’s injury with ease, especially if they get solid production out of the “next men up” (I use “men”, since there figures to be a rotation involved).

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  • DXW

    Too bad, but at least the d-line is where Denver is the deepest.

    • Joe Soriano

      I disagree with you, because I think the Broncos are deepest at corner with Harris Jr., DRC, Bailey, Webster, Jammer, and Carter at the position. They aren’t thin at any position, but I’d say they are deepest at CB. Hopefully Williams can make a significant impact as a rookie down the stretch, and it isn’t inconceivable to think that he could quickly assert himself as a better player than Vickerson, who is truly only an asset as a big body in run defense. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a decent starter, but there are noticeable holes in this game (specifically penalties).

      • anon76returns

        Character holes too. It’s hard to forget him going after the Colts long snapper’s injured knee on that extra point. Between that (where he should have gotten a penalty, but didn’t) the two helmet removals, and the the two qb bumps (1 in Colts, 1 in Washington game), I think we can upgrade at the position.