Denver likely without Chris Kuper again

December, 21, 2012
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It appears the Denver Broncos will be without standout guard Chris Kuper for a third straight game.

Kuper is listed as doubtful to play against Cleveland on Sunday. He has been dealing with an ankle injury. On Friday, Denver coach John Fox said Kuper has also been dealing with migraine headache symptoms.

This has been a painful season for Kuper. He broke his forearm in the preseason and he had another ankle issue. He has missed eight games this season. Manny Ramirez has taken Kuper’s place.

The Broncos will need Kuper in the postseason as the offensive line has been better with him on the field.

In other AFC West injury news:

Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour will miss his seventh straight game Sunday with a hamstring injury. Seymour will be a free agent and thus, he may have played his last game as a Raider. Safety Tyvon Branch (neck) is questionable to play at Carolina.

For San Diego, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee) missed practice all week and he is listed as doubtful to play at the Jets on Sunday. However, linebacker Takeo Spikes (hamstring) practiced fully Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week and he is listed as probable.

For Kansas City, in addition to tight end Tony Moeaki (head), who is doubtful, tackle Branden Albert (back) is questionable.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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