clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Dan Koppen suffers torn ACL

New, comments

According to reports, center Dan Koppen's 2013 is over before it began.

Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen walks onto the field at training camp on Sunday July 28, 2013. Koppen was carted off with a knee injury later in practice.
Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen walks onto the field at training camp on Sunday July 28, 2013. Koppen was carted off with a knee injury later in practice.
Casey Barrett / Mile High Report

The injury bug has bitten the Denver Broncos again in training camp, though Day Four brought about easily the most serious injury.

Starting center Dan Koppen was carted off the field early in practice with a knee injury. After practice, head coach John Fox would not give an update as to the seriousness of the injury, saying "he will get evaluated."

As those evaluations are underway, reports suggest he may have suffered a season-ending torn ACL. UPDATE: Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports it indeed is a torn ACL.

The Denver Broncos are already severely shorthanded at the center position - true starter J.D. Walton is on the PUP list after undergoing subsequent ankle surgery in June, while the Broncos just lost C.J. Davis Saturday to an ankle injury. Davis' injury appears less serious - he dressed today but did not participate.

Manny Ramirez took first-team reps in Koppen's place.

The situation at center is now very dire. Let's hope for the best but prepare for the worst: it's possible Dan Koppen's season is over.

Update 5:34: The Broncos have signed veteran free agent Steve Vallos.