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He was Denver’s starter last year after J.D. Walton was lost for the season last September. It was disclosed earlier this offseason that Walton will be out at least until November. Koppen was then re-signed but is now done for the year.
The center market is thin and the team will likely turn to Manny Ramirez. He is a natural guard, but he was working with the first-team offense at center in the offseason program. So he at least has some rhythm with Peyton Manning.
The team signed Steve Vallos on Sunday. The veteran will be a backup. I’d also expect Denver to scour the waiver wire late in training camp, but because center is such an important position, Denver may have to roll with Ramirez.
In other AFC West news:
Houston has interest in linebacker Joe Mays. Denver cut him last week.
The Denver Broncos now need a new backup plan at center after Dan Koppen tore an ACL on Sunday in practice.He was Denver’s starter last year after J.