After being selected as a Pro Bowl starter after Baltimore’s Marshall Yanda and New England’s Logan Mankins declined, Broncos veteran guard Chris Kuper himself had to turn down his first Pro Bowl start in favor of more off-season surgery, per Mike Klis of The Denver Post.
Kuper suffered a dislocation of his left ankle in the final game of the 2011 regular season, an injury that fractured his left fibula in several places and also tore up ligaments in his ankle. He missed most of this year’s training camp as he recovered. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken forearm shortly after returning, and the combination of injuries limited him to only six games this season.
During the Nov. 4 game at Cincinnati, Kuper re-injured his left ankle, but X-rays did not reveal a fracture. Kuper then sat out games against the Panthers and the Chargers, but returned to face the Chiefs and Bucs in Weeks 12 and 13. After those games, pain in Kuper’s left ankle and lower left leg inflamed and he was scratched from the Dec. 6 game against the Raiders. It was then discovered on X-rays that the plate that had been holding his fibula in place had shattered.
After four weeks spent mostly on the sidelines and a first-round bye, Kuper started for the Broncos in their divisional playoff game.
The Broncos 30-year-old guard hopes that this injury will be far easier to come back from.
“This one is less traumatic,” Kuper told the Post. “It doesn’t have all the other things wrong in there so I’m optimistic it will be a normal recovery.”
He will be operated on by Dr. Bob Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., according to the Post.