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Kevin Vickerson Injury: Denver Broncos DT Heads To Injured Reserve; Quinn Johnson Picked Off Waivers

The Denver Broncos made a roster announcement on Monday that wasn't about Tim Tebow or Kyle Orton; rather, defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was placed on IR with an ankle injury.

The Denver Broncos announced on Monday afternoon that defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson had been placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. With the open roster spot, the Broncos picked up fullback Quinn Johnson.

Vickerson had been the starter at defensive tackle for the Broncos through the first five games. The Broncos had been thin at the position with the loss of Ty Warren in the preseason and the absence of Marcus Thomas for the first four weeks of the seen. Thomas returned on Sunday, but he essentially is the replacement for Vickerson now. Thomas and Brodrick Bunkley are the likely starters now, with Ryan McBean rotating in and out.

Johnson was a fifth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2009 and was traded to the Tennessee Titans before the start of this season. The team may be looking to do more at the fullback position than what Spencer Larsen can provide.

Brandon Minor was waived by the Broncos from the injured reserve list.

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