Chris Kuper will play for Broncos

October, 7, 2012
10/07/12
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Chris Kuper will make his season debut Sunday.

Kuper is active and is expected to start at guard for Denver at New England. Kuper is one of the better interior offensive lineman in the NFL. He broke his left forearm during training camp in August.

Kuper practiced fully this week and he was listed as probable to play. Manny Ramirez took Kuper’s place in the first quarter of the season. Ramirez often struggled, so Peyton Manning will surely appreciate the return of Kuper.

Also, Denver running back Knowshon Moreno is inactive for the third straight game. Rookie Ronnie Hillman will continue to take his place. As expected, New England tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is not active.

There has been light rain here Sunday, but it doesn’t seem to be enough to impact the playing field at this point.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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