The New England Patriots announced Friday that defensive end Ty Warren has been placed on injured reserve (IR), and defensive end Derrick Burgess has been reinstated to the active roster. Burgess has flirted with retirement the past couple weeks, but this move ensures that he is coming back. Warren, however, will miss the entire 2010 season, opting to undergo season ending surgery to repair a torn labrum next week.
Burgess has been missing from training camp since it opened on July 29th, and it was widely believed that he was retiring. With Burgess back into the fold the team on paper strengthens its pass rush, but the loss of Warren is a crushing blow to the defensive line.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick elaborated on the teams decision to put Warren on injured reserve Friday. “[It was a] tough break of Ty but we have to move on. He’s missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years, so we’ve had to deal with that anyway,” Belichick said. “It’s unfortunate, but unfortunately that’s part of the game, so we’ll just move ahead.”
As for Burgess, Belichick said he reported to the team Friday morning and passed his physical and conditioning test. He called him “ready to go” and described him as a “very knowledgeable pass rusher.”
“He has a good understanding of his opponents, pass-rush technique, and how to defeat blockers and how specifically to defeat individual blockers based on their strengths and weaknesses and how he matches up against them,” said Belichick.
Ty Warren skipped the teams offseason strength and conditioning program to return to class at Texas A&M this summer, and was injured early in training camp. Warren played through a horrific abdominal injury in 2008, missed three games late last season with an ankle injury and this injury may be a result of wear and team over the past couple of season, as well as skipping the teams offseason program. Warren turned down a $200,000 bonus to skip the offseason program to return to Texas A&M this summer. Skipping the offseason strength and conditioning program most likely didn’t help prevent the injury.
The Patriots starters on the defensive line now consist of Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Mike Wright, and depth is a major issue for New England going forward. The Patriots have veteran Damione Lewis, second year pros Ron Brace and Myron Pryor, and rookies Brandon Deaderick, Kade Weston, and Kyle Love on the roster as well. Expect the Patriots to make a major push for free agent defensive end Aaron Schobel over the next couple days.