The Denver Broncos sure didn’t want to open one of their first days of training camp with injuries, patient but that’s what happened for Peyton Manning and the Broncos Sunday when they learned that starting center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his left ACL in 9-on-7 drills.
It’s not only a very unfortunate injury for the 11-year veteran, discount but for the Broncos as well with the injury that could even possibly end Koppen’s career putting the team down two centers. As the Broncos lost starting center J.D. Walton for the season also just less than six weeks ago after he suffered a setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.
That forced the Broncos to than re-sign the 33-year-old veteran lineman last month, who played with the team last year and filled in admirably for Walton last season by starting 12 games. The loss leaves the Broncos down to Manny Ramirez, who’s a guard by trade and Steve Vallos, whom they just signed Sunday night behind center.
Not a good sign for a team that’s trying to make a Super Bowl run and needs a healthy offensive line to protect Manning if they want to do just that.