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Published on 10/04/2012 at Thu Oct 04 14:33.
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All fifty-three members of the Denver Broncos’ active roster fully participated in Thursday’s practice, marking the first time that has occurred this season. Among the players that returned to practice was guard Chris Kuper, who broke his forearm during training camp.

Linebacker Nate Irving (concussion) was another notable addition to practice, after being limited on Wednesday.  Both Irving and Kuper could theoretically play this week, but their respective statuses remain uncertain.

“It would be great (if Kuper could play this week),”  Coach John Fox said after practice on Thursday.  “He’s been through a lot with the ankle in the offseason and forearm in the preseason.  At the end of the day, he’d much rather be out here than in the training room, so I’m sure he’s excited about it.”

The Broncos’ full injury report for their Week 5 game against New England will be announced tomorrow.  Meanwhile, ten Patriots were limited in practice on Wednesday and five others were unable to participate.  On Thursday, two of the Patriots’ injured players—tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez—were able to return on a limited basis.

If Denver is going to defeat New England, coming into the game at full strength as a team will certainly be a factor.  Kuper’s role on the offensive line cannot be overemphasized.  The team is undoubtedly excited for his return.

  • DougEngland

    Do you think Kuper will immediately return to the starting lineup as soon as he is active?

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    He’s active but it’s hard to say if he’ll start Sunday. Fully participating in practice today is a step in the right direction though.

  • 350legend

    It would be nice to have Kup for Sundays game, How ever, i wouldnt rush him. If hes 100 pct, then lets bring him in, Not 80 or 90

  • Tim Lynch

    No need to rush Kuper. Get him back in the lineup next week, with limited action, then full strength the week after the Bye.

    What will actually happen is, the coaching staff will push him to get back early and he’ll either suffer through it or get injured again.

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    I doubt it. The coaches care more about him (at least as a player) than any of us do.

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  • anthony33

    For as much as I would like to see Kup back in the line up, the wise thing to do is let him have the next two weeks to reacclimate and then come back 100% ready to go after the bye. I’d rather have him 100% for the ten remaining games then risk another injury over the next two.

  • TD30isMVP

    it was a broken arm, thinking when it is strong enough he will be back 100%