Jeff Otah

Injured players left in limbo

Last month, the hip injury that sidelined Patriots standout defensive end Ty Warren for the entire 2010 season was sufficiently rehabilitated to allow him to collect the diploma from Texas A&M he had years ago promised family members he would earn.

Whether the surgically repaired labrum permits the seven-year veteran defender to chase down quarterbacks and ballcarriers to any degree for the Patriots in 2011, though, remains to be seen. In a normal season, Warren would have been through at least a couple minicamps by now, and OTA sessions, and Pats coaches would have been able to ascertain firsthand his progress from surgery.

But this spring has been anything but normal,...