Denver Broncos offensive guard Chris Kuper suffered a dislocated ankle against the Kansas City Chiefs in the team's final regular season game last season, but don't expect the team to pursue a replacement in the 2012 NFL Draft. Kuper was spotted on crutches last week and is expected return for the start of training camp.
Kuper started in all 16 games for Denver during the 2011 season, and he inked a five-year, $25.5M contract in 2010 that runs through the 2015 season. As noted by Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, Kuper was also present when the team made its pitch to Peyton Manning during the QB's visit to Dove Valley team headquarters back in March.
Backup guard Manny Ramirez would be next-in-line if Kuper suffers a setback during his recovery.