Chris Kuper Injury: Denver Broncos Guard Hopes For Training Camp Return, Possibly Earlier

Denver Broncos guard Chris Kuper dislocated his ankle and broke his leg during the 2011 season regular finale. He is working his way back for the 2012 season.

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Chris Kuper Injury: Elway Hopes To Have Kuper Back For Training Camp

Ever since his gruesome injury in Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Chris Kuper has been working to get back into playing shape. Given the severity of the ankle injury, there have been few public discussions about when Kuper might return to the field. However, the official website of the Broncos caught up with Kuper to discuss his rehabilitation since the injury, including a potential timetable for a return.

Originally told his recovery timetable ranged from four to six months, Kuper said that is "probably going to be right on par."

"He's been here, he's done everything we've asked, he's worked very hard, he's very diligent and he's working and getting better every day," Antonopulos said.

With the recovery currently on schedule and Kuper getting closer to return, John Elway even told season ticket holders that the injured guard could be good to go for training camp:

On a conference call with season ticket holders, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said he hopes Kuper will be ready to go once training camp starts at the end of July -- and he could be recovered as early as the middle of June.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report. Be sure to check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Chris Kuper Injury: Broncos Guard To Be Placed On Injured Reserve

On Monday afternoon, Denver Broncos head coach confirmed that guard Chris Kuper is out for the season when he told the media that the dislocated ankle and broken lower left leg will put the player on season-ending injured reserve.

Fox then compared the injury to one that Jordan Gross experienced in Carolina when he was the coach there. Gross was able to return to the starting lineup when training camp opened in late July for the Panthers. We can only help that Kuper will be able to be on the same timetable.

The Broncos do have backup guard Manny Ramirez to fill in as a back up with Russ Hochstein's move to the starting lineup. Ramirez had been inactive for the games this season.

For more, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report. Be sure to check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Chris Kuper Injury: Broncos Guard's Dislocated Ankle, Broken Leg Leave Big Hole On O-Line

Chris Kuper has reportedly suffered several injuries as a result of fellow Denver Broncos offensive lineman Orlando Franklin accidentally falling on him during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Along with the dislocated ankle, Kuper has reportedly broken his fibula and tibia, according to the Denver Post. After Sunday's game, head coach John Fox had mentioned that Kuper broke his leg, but it wasn't clear at the time if he was mentioning that in addition to the dislocated ankle.

Russ Hochstein will replace Kuper at right guard on the line, but there is a huge gap for the team now (via above Denver Post link):

"Kupe is a big part of the offensive line, and those guys really played for him," running back Willis McGahee said. "That was the talk — let's do this for Kupe."

According to the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones, Kuper was at Dove Valley on Monday with a cast on his lower left leg and moving with crutches.

For more, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report. Be sure to check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Chris Kuper Injury: Broncos Guard Breaks Leg, Says John Fox

Denver Broncos guard Chris Kuper, a mainstay on the offensive line since 2007, will not be in the playoffs for the team after breaking his leg in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. After the game, head coach John Fox told the media that Kuper broke his leg, reports Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.

The Broncos put in Russ Hochstein as his replacement, but at one point he limped off the field with a bit of an injury. Chris Clark, an offensive tackle and sometimes eligible tight end, was forced into the guard position for a bit when Hochstein left the game.

The Broncos had made inactive guard Manny Ramirez and tackle Tony Hills before the game, making the gameday depth on the line quite thin.

For more, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report. Be sure to check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Denver Broncos Injury Update: Chris Kuper, Spencer Larsen Will Not Return

With a playoff spot on the line, it should come as no surprise that the Week 17 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs would have a physical side to it. Unfortunately, the Broncos have seen the injury bug strike twice in the opening half, as the Denver Broncos Twitter account has reported that neither Chris Kuper or Spencer Larsen will return after suffering injuries:

@Denver_Broncos: guard / offensive captain Chris Kuper has been carted off with an apparent leg injury.

@Denver_Broncos: Kuper will not return to today's game with a leg injury.

@Denver_Broncos: FB Spencer Larsen has a knee injury. He will not return today.

The loss of Kuper could be a significant blow for the offensive line. Kuper serves as an offensive captain for the Broncos, and the offensive guard has been excellent this season. Larsen has made 15 appearances this season and has rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries in the fullback role.

Willis McGahee did not react well to the sight of Kuper's injury (click to animate):

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via Mocksession

For more on this Week 17 game, visit Broncos blog Mile High Report and Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride. Be sure to check out SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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