Hunter suffered the injury on Tuesday, during the same practice where right guard Chris Kuper broke his left forearm and running back Ronnie Hillman aggravated a hamstring injury. News of Hunter's surgery came via Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post:
Fox said both Kuper and Hunter have had surgery. Fox said Hunter will be out 4 months.— Lindsay Jones (@PostBroncos) August 15, 2012
Kuper is expected to be out four to six weeks after his surgery. Rookie Derek Wolfe replaced Hunter in the lineup on Wednesday and, even though he has quickly grown close with Hunter, he aims to make the most of the opportunity, via The Associated Press:
Wolfe said he was bummed by Hunter's injury, but quickly added: "I've got to step in and do my job. There's no time to sit back and wallow in that. J-Hunt's one of my good friends, so I'd like to think of him as a mentor to me because he's been helping me out through this whole situation. I'm just going to step in there and do what I have to do."
It's understandable if the Broncos and their fans are feeling a bit of deja vu, as defensive linemen Elvis Dumervil and Ty Warren had season-ending injuries in training camp in 2010 and 2011, respectively.