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Warren tears triceps

Broncos big free agent signee out indefinitely

Former Patriots defensive end Ty Warren missed all of last season with a hip injury. Former Patriots defensive end Ty Warren missed all of last season with a hip injury. (File/Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)
Associated Press / August 17, 2011

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Broncos run-stuffer Ty Warren has a torn triceps that will sideline him indefinitely.

The Broncos made the former Patriots interior lineman the centerpiece of their free agent class by signing him to a two-year, $8 million deal that included a $2.5 million bonus and $1.5 million salary for 2011.

They also re-signed free agent defensive tackle, Marcus Thomas, at $1 million for one year.

Both were injured within five minutes of each other when they lined up with the first-team defense during a 9-on-7 drill Monday.

Thomas (strained pectoral) and Warren won’t be back on the field anytime soon.

Warren, 30, missed all of last season with a hip injury. Surgery might end his season and maybe even his career, so both he and the Broncos would rather put off an operation in hopes he can heal enough to play.

Thomas is expected to be out until the regular season.

In other news, the Broncos released running back LenDale White. The former Southern Cal star suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in the final preseason game last year and missed the entire season. He ran for 10 yards on four carries in the Broncos’ 2011 preseason opener but hadn’t been on the practice field enough to compete for a roster spot.

Jets’ Turner has broken leg The Jets are down a key backup and in serious need of depth on their offensive line.

Robert Turner has a broken right leg and will have surgery this week, a person with knowledge of the injury said yesterday. Turner’s absence will be determined after the procedure.

Turner was hurt in New York’s 20-16 loss at Houston in the team’s preseason opener Monday night. He started at center for the injured Nick Mangold and was hurt in the first quarter when Houston’s J.J. Watt rolled into his right leg from behind. Turner was carted off the field.

Although he’s not a starter, Turner is a major contributor to a unit that has been ranked among the league’s best for the last few seasons. He is the Jets’ primary backup on the offensive line because of his ability to play multiple positions, including center, tackle, blocking tight end, and he has even lined up on defense in some goal-line situations.

The Jets re-signed Turner, a restricted free agent, to a one-year deal after the lockout ended.

Mangold suffered a stinger in practice last week and didn’t make the trip with the team to Houston. New York also played without starting right guard Brandon Moore, who was just moved to the active roster from the physically-unable-to-perform list following offseason hip surgery.

Wayne Hunter was another of the Jets’ key backups in past seasons, but he has assumed the starting job at right tackle after Damien Woody retired.

Crowder plans return in 2012 One week after retiring, Channing Crowder is talking about a comeback. The former Dolphins linebacker said he still plans to sit out this season because his wife is about to have a baby, but he’ll likely return to the NFL in 2012 or 2013. Crowder made his comments on a Miami radio station, where he has been a talk-show host. A week ago, Crowder decided to call it a career after being cut by the Dolphins. His announcement was greeted with skepticism because he’s only 27 and has a reputation for kidding around . . . Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor underwent successful surgery to repair his broken left thumb. Taylor, 31, anticipates returning before the Steelers open the regular season at Baltimore Sept. 11 . . . Police used a stun gun on former Ravens wide receiver Jermaine Lewis and charged him with resisting arrest after a traffic accident Monday evening in Baltimore County . . . Veteran safety Deon Grant, 32, re-signed with the Giants. Grant started eight games last year in his first season with New York . . . The Colts signed free agent defensive end Tyler Brayton, 31. The Colts have signed four veteran free agents - defensive end Jamaal Anderson, linebacker Ernie Sims, defensive tackle Tommie Harris and now Brayton, and all four are former first-round draft picks . . . The Saints signed journeyman running back Patrick Cobbs and the Seahawks picked up veteran safety Atari Bigby . . . The NFL supplemental draft scheduled for today has been postponed. Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who gave up his final season following an NCAA investigation, wants to get into the draft but has not yet been declared eligible . . . Pete Pihos, a Hall of Fame receiver who helped the Eagles win two straight NFL championships in the 1940s, died at a nursing home in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87.

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