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2011 Broncos Update: Warren, Thomas Injured; White Released

| by Broncos Zone

The Broncos parted ways with two players on Tuesday and may have lost two others due to injuries. The team released running back LenDale White and linebacker A.J. Green following a practice in which defensive tackles Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas were injured.

Denver's running back coach Eric Studesville has been grooming running back Lance Ball -- who is currently the third string running back and a special teams contributor -- and Denver wants to get a closer look at some of the younger backs on their roster, so the releasing of White was not a surprising transaction. Considering that Ball will probably make the 53-man roster, undrafted free agent running back Jeremiah Johnson has been turning heads in training camp and White is coming off a torn Achilles injury, it was just a matter of time before White was asked to turn in his equipment.

Jones was a rookie undrafted free agent out of Florida. Third year linebacker Alvin Bowen, whom the team signed Monday evening, will take Jones' spot on the roster.

On the defensive side of the ball, things are again looking bleak at defensive tackle. Veteran nose tackle Ty Warren suffered a partial triceps tear, which could cause him to miss the entire season, according to the Denver Post. Thomas' injury was not as serve but certainly still unwelcome. After suffering a slight tear in his right pectoral muscle, Thomas will be held out for the remainder of the preseason.

The Broncos are hopefully that Thomas will be ready for the team's season opener on September 12th on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos will continue to evaluate Warren. As of now, reports on Warren's status are not positive.

On Tuesday, the stadium district unanimously approved the assignment of stadium naming rights from INVESCO to Sports Authority, which is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado -- per the team's official website. The Broncos are planning on everything being finalized and Sports Authority Field @ Mile High being ready to go by the team's season opener.

The Broncos next game, a Week Two home preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, will be played this Saturday. The average price of tickets to the game on our TiqIQ widget is $73, with many tickets selling for under $12. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. (MT), to see more tickets and prices, see our widget on the right sidebar or alternatively click here