Posted Fri Feb 3rd by Jon Heath
Denver’s 2011 season ended in the second round of the playoffs, but up to four former Broncos could walk away from Super Bowl XLVI this weekend with some new jewelry (Super Bowl rings). When the New York Giants face off against the New England Patriots, two former Broncos will likely see some playing time.
Two players on New England’s active roster and two others on the Patriots’ practice squad and injured reserve list used to play in Denver. Defensive tackle Gerard Warren played in Denver from 2005-2006. This season, he has played in twelve games with the Patriots, recording twelve tackles, a sack and recovering a fumble.
New England linebacker Niko Koutouvides played in Denver during the 2008 season and has played in eight games this season with the Patriots (starting in one). Koutouvides notched fourteen tackles and recorded a fumble during the regular season.
A former Broncos receiver, Britt Davis was signed to the Patriots practice squad in January. Drafted by the Broncos in 2008, safety Josh Barrett was claimed off waivers by the Patriots last season. In November, the Patriots placed Barrett on the injured reserve list after he suffered a calf injury. Starting in four games, Barrett recorded seventeen tackles in New England’s secondary during the regular season.
Drafted by the Broncos in the 2006 NFL Draft, receiver Domenik Hixon joined the Giants squad in 2007. Since then, Hixon has been a rotational receiver and return specialist in New York. In Week 2 of the 2011 season, Hixon tore his ACL while catching a touchdown pass and was placed on the Giants’ injured reserve list.
Super Bowl 46 will take place on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 (ET) on NBC.