The Broncos were down a handful of starters because of injuries at the end of the season and one of them expects to be back in time for OTAs this spring.
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson injured his hip 11 games into the season and wound up on season-ending injured reserve as a result. Vickerson said he “couldn’t hold back” tears about missing the Super Bowl, but that he “should be ready” to rejoin his teammates when they get back to work later this year.
“Everything is getting better,” Vickerson said, via the team’s website. “A long offseason for me — starting out rehabbing, I already started and the strengthening process. So now it’s just getting back in shape and getting the strength back, too.”
Vickerson played a big role in the run defense before getting hurt, although rookie Sylvester Williams and Terrance Knighton continued to do well in that area after Vickerson left the lineup. All three are under contract for next season, which should enable the team to keep the same rotation in place at the position next season.