Dan Koppen Injury: Updates on Broncos Center's Knee
The Denver Broncos have high hopes this season, but they will have to survive without starting center Dan Koppen.
UPDATE, Sunday, July 28, by Tom Kinslow
The Broncos have confirmed the diagnosis on center Dan Koppen.
MRI results reveal that Broncos C Dan Koppen has torn the ACL in his left knee. He will miss the 2013 season.— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) July 28, 2013
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported that the veteran tore his ACL in training camp:
Torn ACL for Dan Koppen. Serious infection delaying J.D. Walton's left ankle recovery. No. 4 center C.J. Davis carted off Saturday.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 28, 2013
As noted, the squad is also dealing with a number of other injuries at the position, making this situation even worse for the defending AFC West champions.
In that time, he made 120 starts while winning two Super Bowls and was selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl.
He joined the Broncos at the start of last season, giving Peyton Manning a veteran presence in the middle of the offensive line. He started 12 games and earned a one-year contract this offseason when J.D. Walton suffered a setback with his ankle injury.
The 33-year-old provided experience, skill and a winning attitude to a club looking to contend for a Super Bowl title this season. Unfortunately, the Broncos will have to move on without him.
After the injury, the offensive line is now light on players capable of playing center. Philip Blake, a 2012 fourth-round pick out of Baylor, remains an option, as well as guard Manny Ramirez.
Of course, it wouldn't be surprising to see Denver add a player through free agency to fill the void.
This certainly qualifies as a major setback for one of the top teams in the NFL entering the 2013 season.
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