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Ty Warren could be out for season

According to a report from Mike Reiss of ESPN, Patriots defensive end Ty Warren’s hip injury could threaten his season. Warren has been out for most of training camp and did not play in Thursday’s preseason game vs. the Saints.

The report states that the injury, which is believed to be a labral tear, is “likely to require surgery.” If Warren does indeed undergo surgery, he would likely miss the entire 2010 season.

Ty Warren has started 92 of 105 games since the Patriots selected him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, recording 496 tackles, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Should Warren miss the season, the defensive line, which lost two key veteran contributors Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green within the last year would likely consist of Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Mike Wright, the three starters in Thursday’s game. Defensive end Derrick Burgess has still not reported to camp, so he is not a candidate to replace Warren either.

If Warren is out for the season, it is a huge blow for a rebuilding defensive line. The lack of depth at defensive end and outside linebacker is a huge issue for this team going forward. One possible solution is to target free agent defensive end Aaron Schobel, but the Patriots are in trouble if Warren is indeed out for the year.

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