Center Dan Koppen appeared to seriously injure his left knee Sunday in 9-on-7 drills, just five weeks after rejoining the Denver Broncos following J.D. Walton’s setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.
The Denver Broncos signed free-agent center Dan Koppen, bringing the 11-year veteran back after J.D. Walton had offseason surgery on his left ankle.
A week ago J.D. Walton appeared well on the road to recovery from surgery on his left ankle, but he had another surgery on Monday, and now the Broncos will start the season without their starting center.
Denver Broncos offensive lineman Zane Beadles said the sting of losing to the Baltimore Ravens is still lingering and he had a hard time watching the championship games on Sunday.
John Elway has been down this lonely road before.
These days, when John Elway scans the field looking to make the perfect move for the Broncos, he is viewing not from under center but from a second-floor office that overlooks the practice field.
John Elway insisted that every one of the Denver Broncos was better the second Peyton Manning put his signature on that nearly $100 million contract last spring.
In a league where injuries can make or break a team’s season, it’s Denver’s lack of them, along with its ability to replace the few players who do go out, that has turned the Broncos into legitimate Super Bowl contenders with a nine-game winning streak.
It’s one thing to block for a quarterback. It’s quite another when that quarterback is Peyton Manning, the NFL version of a national treasure.
Peyton Manning’s arrival alone would have made John Elway’s second year as boss of the Denver Broncos a success.