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Tests confirmed Broncos C Dan Koppen tore his ACL, as @Jeff_Legwold reported.

Broncos still examining C Dan Koppen but he heard a pop in his knee, which never is a good sign, per source.

On it goes: Broncos C Dan Koppen carted off practice field Sunday with lower leg injury.
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Man, I hate hearing about injuries this time of year, makes me very nervous...
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Koppen got the job in 2012 when JD Walton went down for the year with a broken ankle. Walton had surgery on the ankle again in June, so the Broncos are razor thin at center.

It's spooky seeing this many season ending injuries in the first few days of camp.
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Remember how important Jeff Saturday was to Peyton in Indy...
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Remember how important Jeff Saturday was to Peyton in Indy...
I would love to see a 38 year old Saturday attempt to block Watt or Smith in a playoff game.
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Koppen got the job in 2012 when JD Walton went down for the year with a broken ankle. Walton had surgery on the ankle again in June, so the Broncos are razor thin at center.

It's spooky seeing this many season ending injuries in the first few days of camp.
With first contact practices being ~7-8 months following their last for most players, makes me believe that players may be taking their conditioning for their more pussified non-contact mini-camps and OTAs less seriously .....and may be held by coaches and trainers to lesser standards to come down to the lower requirements than necessary for the old full-padded contact off season activities.
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With first contact practices being ~7-8 months following their last for most players, makes me believe that players may be taking their conditioning for their more pussified non-contact mini-camps and OTAs less seriously .....
I guess. But I don't remember seeing so many training camp injuries back in the 70's & 80's, before the mini camp/OTA era. I think it's just as possible that these guys are over trained in the gym, with the joints just not being able to handle the forces created by the extra mass they are carrying. And they are getting bigger every year.
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Broncos just signed Steve Vallos
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I guess. But I don't remember seeing so many training camp injuries back in the 70's & 80's, before the mini camp/OTA era. I think it's just as possible that these guys are over trained in the gym, with the joints just not being able to handle the forces created by the extra mass they are carrying. And they are getting bigger every year.
This is just another reason to get used to a more resistant target contact training. I had the opportunity to take care and befriend a number of Houston Oilers. I remember them talking about the fact that they HAD to stay in shape year around just to stay up with TC. They knew what to expect. TCs in those days were described as the worst weeks of their lives...........sometimes ALL day and there were NO DAYS OFF. Keep in mind that there were essentially no climate controlled fields except the Astrodome. (The Oilers had the Astrodome, but they were never allowed to practice in them for TC.) Specifically many teams were made to practice in the mid day sun/heat.......no shade allowed. Outdoor practices were never called off for rain or snow. And what they emphasized was that there were no multi-million dollar guaranteed contracts. If you weren't prepared for TC............you didn't have a job!.........and that included ALL of what would today be considered the "prima donna" vets.
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Default Re: Broncos C Dan Koppen tore his ACL

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Denver will get better run blocking from Manny Ramirez than from Koppen and I'm sure Ramirez won't be asked to make any line calls.

The loss of Dan Koppen will hurt Denver from a communication and pass protection standpoint, but Manning's intelligence mitigates the loss
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Totally agree! Manning has never had a non Pro Bowl Center! Might be a ruff season for Manning.


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It's unfortunate there's been this many serious injuries so far this year. I don't like seeing players go down any time, but to be lost for the year during camp must be deflating to the guys hurt.
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For now, Broncos believe CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a high ankle sprain during practice today.
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Broncos announced they agreed to terms with free-agent center Ryan Lilja. Out of retirement.
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Peyton and the Broncs are getting desparate..............Wasn't he a GUARD?
For all but the last year of his career and that was due to injury.
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For all but the last year of his career and that was due to injury.
He had both knee and toe surgery this past April. There are very few toe injuries that require surgery......the first one you think of when you are talking about a big lineman is turf toe surgery (completely torn capsule). Players like this could take anywhere from 6-12 months to push off effectively. Two joints worked upon at the same time makes you wonder how far off the next one goes. I wouldn't get too excited yet if I were Peyton.
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Yes, but he's played well at both positions. Pretty good option if he holds up, which he did last season.
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