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Chris Kuper injury: Broncos G downgraded to questionable

The seven-year veteran's balky ankle could keep him out of action on Thursday night against the Raiders.

Doug Pensinger

The Denver Broncos could be without starting right guard Chris Kuper in their AFC West clash with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. The seven-year veteran has been downgraded from "probable" to "questionable" on the Broncos' injury report, according to an announcement from the team.

Kuper has been battling an injury to his left ankle all season long. If he is unable to play on Thursday night, it is believed that guard Manny Ramirez will get the nod in his place. Ramirez has started seven games at right guard on the 2012 campaign.

The Broncos could be without three starters on Thursday night if Kuper is sidelined. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard is out with an ankle injury and slot wide receiver Brandon Stokley is listed as questionable with an injured hip.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. MT at O.co Coliseum and the game will be televised nationally on the NFL Network.