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Published on 08/14/2012 at Tue Aug 14 19:29.
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The Broncos‘ offensive line took a tough blow on Tuesday, when veteran guard Chris Kuper suffered a left forearm fracture during practice.  Per the team, Kuper will miss up to six weeks due to the injury.


Denver now has to make some decisions regarding the offensive line.  Will Manny Ramirez replace Kuper?  Will tackle Orlando Franklin be moved inside?  Are Ryan Harris, Zane Beadles and Chris Clark reliable options if Franklin does move inside?  Those decisions could decide how well quarterback Peyton Manning is protected this season.

This is a tough blow not only to the Broncos, but more so to Kuper, who was already recovering from an ankle injury that he suffered late last season. Everyone on the BT staff sends get well thoughts Chris’ way.

  • Steve Smith

    Tough break, but at least this gives the team some time to figure out what to do in his absence. The Broncos started the same 5 offensive lineman in all 16 regular season games in 2011. The guy that replaced Kuper last year is now gone. This will test the teams depth. I think it’s time to go out and see what is avaliable in free agency. I would have thought they would signed someone with experience even before they signed Leonhard or Brooking. Better late than never.

  • herc_rock

    Dammit. Plug Manny in.

  • Mike Birtwistle

    That’s tough. But if nothing else it will make sure that the ankle is 100% before he gets back into a competitive environment.

  • areferee

    I’m more concerned about the wheels on the OL than the claws. Those beasts can play with an arm cast, if necessary and beat the DL with it. :-)

  • Jon

    True enough.

  • Doom92

    9 news stated that Ramirez was going to replace him but I think the idea of moving Franklin in and going with Ryan Harris would be pretty stout. We know Harris pretty well…