Kuper is a sixth-year player who has seen action in 79 regular season games (73 starts) for the Broncos since being selected by the club in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
He has started at right guard for the Broncos during the last four seasons, opening at least 15 games in each campaign. Kuper, 29, has been battling back from torn ankle ligaments and a fractured fibula, which he sustained the last two seasons.
Fortunately, right guard Manuel Ramirez has been working with the first unit offense during this offseason for Denver while Kuper continued his recovery. Ramirez started at right guard for the Broncos in their preseason opener against the Chicago Bears last Thursday.
As of right now, head coach John Fox is not concerned with injuries to his players as he is a strong believer in the next-man-up approach.
“I think you’re concerned about all of them,” said Fox. “You like them out there because this is all how we get better. We just take a next-man-up approach and that gives the guy behind him an opportunity.”