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The regular season hasn’t even started yet, but the Patriots are already dealing with a major injury. No, we’re not talking about Wes Welker. We’re talking about longtime defensive end Ty Warren, who has been an anchor on the left side of the line in the 3-4 formation for years. On Friday, the team placed Warren on injured reserve, officially ending his 2010 season.
“It’s a tough break for Ty, but we have to move on,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday. “He’s missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years. We’ve had to deal with that anyway. It’s unfortunate, but unfortunately that’s part of the game. We’ll just move ahead.”
Warren, who has 496 tackles and 20.5 sacks in his career, was placed on the IR with a labral tear in his hip. The injury, which is similar to the one suffered by Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, is not considered career-threatening. He will undergo surgery on Monday.
The other Warren on the team, Gerard, will likely fill in on the D-Line. The Pats signed Warren from the Raiders this offseason. The 32-year-old has also played with the Broncos and Browns in his career. Damoine Lewis will also fill in on the line, but both players have never played defensive end in a 3-4 defense.
After placing Ty on the IR, the Patriots placed Derrick Burgess on the active roster. Burgess showed up to camp on Friday, so it’s safe to assume that he has unretired and will play with the Pats at outside linebacker and/or defensive end this coming season.