The Denver Broncos announced Monday Vance Walker will miss the whole 2016 regular season because of a torn ACL. The defensive end was expected to start for the Broncos after losing Malik Jackson to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency.
Expected to replace Jackson’s production are Jared Crick, who was a free agent acquisition for the Broncos this year and Adam Gotsis, a rookie selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Defense was a key part in the Broncos’ Super Bowl run last season and losing Jackson and Walker could be a big blow in their title defense.
“We think the world of Vance, and we’ll support him through his recovery,” Denver head coach Gary Kubiak stated to Denver7 about Walker’s latest injury. Walker previously hurt his back but tore his ACL during the Broncos’ latest practice drills.
Walker, who will enter his eighth NFL season, was just a seventh round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft but has played for many NFL teams and is a reliable player on defense.
Walker suited up for the Atlanta Falcons from (2009 to 2012), Oakland Raiders (2013), Kansas City Chiefs (2014) and the Denver Broncos last year.
Except for his rookie year, Walker has been healthy missing just two regular season games the last three years. For Denver last year, Walker is credited 33 combined tackles and 2 sacks.
The Denver Broncos are looking to defend the NFL title they won last year when they beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, 24-10.
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