Report: Dan Koppen tore his ACL

AP

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.

52 responses to “Report: Dan Koppen tore his ACL

  1. 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. 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. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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…”

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.
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    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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