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Report: Dan Koppen tore his ACL


The Broncos may be in the market for some offensive line help.

As reported earlier, center Dan Koppen had to be carted off the field with an injury to his leg during Sunday’s practice.  Koppen was taken for an MRI right after getting hurt and Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports that Koppen tore his ACL.

It’s a big blow for the Broncos, who re-signed with the team in June after center J.D. Walton had surgery on the ankle he broke in 2012. Koppen stepped in for Walton last year, making 12 starts, and was expected to do so again this year, but it would appear that we won’t be seeing him on the field until next season.

Manny Ramirez took over for Koppen on Sunday and he’s the only experienced option currently on the roster. Phillip Blake, a fourth-round choice in 2012, also plays center, but he missed almost all of his rookie season with a thumb injury. Complicating matters on the interior for the Broncos is the ongoing ankle and leg trouble that guard Chris Kuper has been experiencing since breaking his leg late in the 2011 season.

With protecting Peyton Manning as important as ever in Denver, the Broncos will likely be scouring the market for bodies to help them get through camp and beyond without further losses on the line.

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52 Responses to “Report: Dan Koppen tore his ACL”
  1. gbatap says: Jul 28, 2013 4:21 PM

    Not a huge loss. If I believe everything that Broncos fans say, then Clady is so good that they don’t need any other offesinve linemen.

  2. aaronfraudgers says: Jul 28, 2013 4:25 PM

    This is why I think it’s a little ridiculous how far the NFL is going to try and increase player safety. Here we’ve already had 3 players get season ending injuries during drills without pads. Football is a violent sport, period. The NFL is trying to change the stripes on a tiger. It’s not going to work.

  3. afcdomination says: Jul 28, 2013 4:25 PM

    huge loss. some free agent center just got really lucky. a potential deep playoff team as a starter.

  4. gbfanforever says: Jul 28, 2013 4:27 PM

    I hate the first week of camp because it just seems to be when so many of these bad injuries happen. Are players bodies not always ready yet for actual practice? What’s going on?

  5. xgarcia22 says: Jul 28, 2013 4:29 PM

    Hey Manning, Protect Ya Neck!!!

  6. unbiasfan says: Jul 28, 2013 4:30 PM

    Dan Koppen can block
    Dan Koppen is a winner
    It’s too bad Dan Koppen is now injured

  7. retsiemfoh says: Jul 28, 2013 4:31 PM

    Huge blow for the O-line, hopefully they can find someone who can protect Manning.

  8. raiderapologist says: Jul 28, 2013 4:32 PM

    That’s unfortunate. Things haven’t been going Denver’s way lately.

  9. NotoriousKDV says: Jul 28, 2013 4:33 PM

    Denver’s having issues with Miller and Koppen. Ravens having issues with Pitta and all of their FA losses. Pats having issues with Gronk and Hernandez. The AFC feels even more wide open than it did last year.

  10. sampsonswag01 says: Jul 28, 2013 4:38 PM

    Tis’ the season of season ending injuries…..

  11. shootscuz says: Jul 28, 2013 4:38 PM

    Well that’s a big time bummer. I wonder if there are any solid FA centers out there right now??

  12. marcuswelby1 says: Jul 28, 2013 4:39 PM

    Dan had a decent career with the Patriots but was pretty much done when the Broncos picked him up last year. It would appear that he’s done now. Best of health Dan.

  13. germanstingray says: Jul 28, 2013 4:39 PM

    It will be awesome to see Dontari Poe up in Peyton’s grill this season. I hope Manning remembered to pay the disability insurance bill from Lloyd’s of London. He’ll need it with no OL in Denver!

  14. j0esixpack says: Jul 28, 2013 4:39 PM

    That’s a shame for Koppen. He’s a standup guy. At age 33 they were taking a risk with him as their starter – though a nice shot for Koppen to play on a contender.

    You gotta wonder how much Koppen has in the tank to rehab an acl and come back, but I’ll be rooting for him if he decides to make a comeback.

  15. therealraider says: Jul 28, 2013 4:47 PM

    I’m starting to wonder if perhaps a week or two of just strength and exercise before training camp should become mandatory. A lot of serious injury’s and most camps are just starting to put pads on.

  16. commonsensedude says: Jul 28, 2013 4:48 PM

    What in the world is going on the past few days?? I know guys can get hurt during training camp but this is ridiculous

  17. trevor123698 says: Jul 28, 2013 4:59 PM

    good news for the patriots 2014 title run

  18. scoobies05 says: Jul 28, 2013 5:04 PM

    crazy weekend for injuries. sorry bronco fans. get well soon koppen. from a ravens fan

  19. jsbrasha says: Jul 28, 2013 5:08 PM

    I don’t get why Bo Jackson gets all the love for being a two-sports hero. Manny Ramirez had a pretty good baseball career and now he’s starting for the Broncos!

  20. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 28, 2013 5:15 PM

    Please, everyone – don’t even mention Jeff Saturday…

  21. bennyb82 says: Jul 28, 2013 5:16 PM

    I thought the injuries were supposed to begin during preseason, not training camp…

  22. hawkstradamus says: Jul 28, 2013 5:17 PM

    Their dropping like flies

  23. fusstr8tedfinfan says: Jul 28, 2013 5:18 PM

    I want to say all these injuries across the NFL are normal for this time of year but it feels like since the new bargaining agreement players are getting hurt more.

  24. azwildcats96 says: Jul 28, 2013 5:19 PM

    Son of a…

  25. lanman11 says: Jul 28, 2013 5:21 PM

    Hate to see that happen to a guy like that.

    The Welker curse gets stronger by the day….

  26. lanman11 says: Jul 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    Looks like Jeff Saturday will be coming out of retirement….

  27. johnnybronco says: Jul 28, 2013 5:24 PM

    Is that Jeff Saturday’s phone I hear ringing?

  28. redskinsroost says: Jul 28, 2013 5:28 PM

    Mr. Jeff Saturday, please pick-up the white courtesy phone.

  29. thommillermd says: Jul 28, 2013 5:29 PM

    And their personnel bosses are suspended for DUIs. Gonna make it harder to find help out there

  30. stampnhawk says: Jul 28, 2013 5:31 PM

    News like this could force Bronco’s upper management to drink……oh wait.

  31. ravensbob says: Jul 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    I guess t-sizzle may line up at nose for the first game. Sizzle, Elvis Ngata …..look out p$yton….you might want to beg out,per the usual, with this game.

  32. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 28, 2013 6:02 PM

    I laughed.

  33. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 28, 2013 6:05 PM

    Dimeneck is in trouble

  34. h0c2000 says: Jul 28, 2013 6:17 PM

    If Manny doesn’t work out, maybe Ortiz can fill in.

  35. vipod4ever says: Jul 28, 2013 6:37 PM

    AFC SB representative will be a suprise team…hope floats for any team….well almost any team. On paper, the Texans look to be the only contender from last year that’s solid. The Bengals & Colts are still question marks.

  36. ravensbob says: Jul 28, 2013 6:47 PM

    Steeler fans have nothing to laugh at these days…..

  37. jjackwagon says: Jul 28, 2013 7:42 PM

    Here’s the bet, you get the Pats and the Broncos. I will take the rest of the AFC for the SB. Any takers?

  38. sfsugator says: Jul 28, 2013 8:01 PM

    Manning will get Saturday our of retirement

  39. ravensbob says: Jul 28, 2013 8:38 PM

    Saturday is fat and happy on tv and doesn’t have to listen to p$yton’s bs anymore.

  40. tejguy says: Jul 28, 2013 8:41 PM

    Remember that time Logan Mankins played through a torn ACL for almost a whole season? Reminds us how different each of these guys are

  41. liontuss says: Jul 28, 2013 8:52 PM

    Man, I hate when I have to read a sentence more than twice to make sure I’m not nuts. C’mon guys, is the proof reader / editor out of town?

    “It’s a big blow for the Broncos, who re-signed with the team in June…”

  42. jimnsota says: Jul 28, 2013 8:56 PM

    Matt Birk would be on my speed dial…

  43. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 28, 2013 10:12 PM

    Matt birk or Jeff Saturday would make sense but I think those two guys haven’t left the beach since February.

  44. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 28, 2013 10:52 PM

    Signed Steve Vallos.

  45. kw93 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:30 PM

    I’d cross Matt off that list. He has dropped so much weight since last season I took a triple take when I saw him last.

  46. 1oldpro says: Jul 29, 2013 12:57 AM

    Saturday! Paging Jeff Saturday to John Elway’s office.

  47. bluefunk72 says: Jul 29, 2013 1:36 AM

    Matt Birk is now like 230 lbs. Not happening!

  48. getyourownname says: Jul 29, 2013 3:49 AM

    It’s a real shame to see players getting inured anytime, especially before they can get on the field for a real game.

    But it shows how pointless the pre-season “rankings” are.

  49. crj202 says: Jul 29, 2013 4:32 AM

    I know Manny has been on the ‘roids, but big enough to go from outfielder to O-line??? Wow

  50. bullcharger says: Jul 29, 2013 8:07 AM

    It won’t impact them much given it happened so early in camp. Koppen was already ready to retire. He’s not that great anymore.

  51. bigblackanvil says: Jul 29, 2013 8:13 AM

    These players are OVER TRAINED !!!! They bulk up and that looks ok but you CAN NOT strengthen a ligament !!! Time to tone the OTA’s and work outs down. The human body was not meant to withstand the amount of force being placed on it by these programs. Save the game ….save the players. !!!!! HTTR

  52. CKL says: Jul 29, 2013 12:11 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jul 29, 2013 8:07 AM
    It won’t impact them much given it happened so early in camp. Koppen was already ready to retire. He’s not that great anymore.
    He was never all that as a physical player anyway whcih I am sure you remember as you are also a Pats fan. It was his brain and his technique that made him good for so long. But yeah he was close to done when he left the Pats. Didn’t even the Broncos have to get him off the couch this year when Walton had surgery?

    I hate injuries, period but it’s a different stratosphere of suck when they happen to a guy just getting back to camp like this one, or Pitta or Maclin. My guess is Kop will retire now for good.

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