Vance Walker Tears ACL

Per Andrew Mason:

A Monday afternoon MRI examination revealed that Walker suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during that morning’s practice.

Walker is expected to miss the 2016 season. The injury is a crushing blow for the eight-year veteran, who had moved onto the first team and was holding down a starting spot as he replaced free-agent departure Malik Jackson in the starting lineup.

As Mason alludes to, this means that Denver’s unrestricted free agent acquisition of Jared Crick, and second round rookie Adam Gotsis, will be asked to play a significantly higher number of snaps than perhaps originally planned.  This also provides an opportunity for recent street free agent acquisition Billy Winn to secure a role on the roster.