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Sealver Siliga currently on Broncos' first-team defense

  • By Brian McIntyre NFL.com
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The Denver Broncos want veteran defensive tackle Ty Warren, who spent last season on injured reserve, to reduce the $4 million in non-guaranteed base salary he's scheduled to earn in 2012. Warren has refused thus far and is skipping organized team activities, a situation that could come to a head when the team holds its mandatory minicamp June 12-14, Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post writes.

While the Warren situation lingers, and with 2012 second-round draft pick Derek Wolfe unable to attend OTAs because his school (the University of Cincinnati) operates on the "quarters" system, Mike Klis writes that defensive tackle Sealver Siliga is taking advantage of the increased practice reps. Klis reports that Siliga even is getting some first-teams reps with Justin Bannan.

"He's stout, he's strong and he's good on the inside," Broncos coach John Fox said. "We had him last year, and I liked the guy. He's been impressive."

Undrafted out of the University of Utah in 2011, the 6-foot-2, 330-pound Siliga spent the final 14 weeks of the regular season and the Broncos' postseason run on the practice squad.

Siliga's only NFL experience is four preseason games with the San Francisco 49ers, during which he posted four tackles and one sack before he was released, so it's unfair to expect him to make the leap to full-time starter in the NFL. His ability to get first-team reps does show how wide open the defensive tackle position currently is with the Broncos, who allowed over 126 rushing yards per game in Fox's first season.

"Just learning from Justin Bannan next to me," Siliga said, "I'm seeing the tempo with the ones, seeing how they roll. It's been a good experience so far."

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