Broncos’ Kevin Vickerson Ready For Big Return


Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson returned to action Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after sustaining a concussion the week before in practice.

“Since he’s come back from a little bit of a set back, he’s been pretty good,” defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said.

The 6’5″, 290 pound Michigan State alum recorded two tackles as Ty Warren’s backup on Sunday, and is hoping for a breakout year in 2012.

“I’m good to go,” Vickerson said. “I feel real good, like I’m back in my shape. It’s time for me to go. I’ve got to make a statement this year. This is a big year for me [with] things I’m trying to do on the field [and] off the field. I’ve just got to play within the scheme of the defense, and everything else will come.”

Vickerson is coming off of his least productive year in his five year career other than his rookie year because he was placed on the IR with an ankle injury on October 10. Last season, he had just 4 tackles in 5 games. That’s a far cry from where he was in 2010 when he put up 42 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble in a 3-4 defense.

The Broncos have had many defensive linemen return from injuries.

“It’s a good rotation that we’ve got,” Vickerson said. “We stand fresh, and new guys can rotate in. I think we’re going to surprise some people. A lot of people are going to open their eyes when they watch the Broncos.”

That’s what we’re all thinking too.

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