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Chris Kuper | Guard | #73

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 303
College: North Dakota
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 5 (161) / DEN
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Dolphins hired Chris Kuper as offensive quality control coach.
A fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft, Kuper started 79 games for the Broncos over eight seasons before two major left ankle injuries derailed his career. This will be the 33-year-old's first coaching job. Jan 23 - 10:02 AM

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Broncos G Chris Kuper is retiring from football.

Still only 31 years old, Kuper's career was derailed by two major ankle surgeries, and he was going to be released with a $5 million base salary for 2014. Retiring at a young age should improve Kuper's chances of normal post-football life, whereas continuing to play on bad legs would've been risky. Kuper spent eight seasons in the NFL, appearing in 90 games with 79 career starts.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 05:04:00 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with G Chris Kuper on a restructured contract.

Coming off two major left ankle surgeries and ticketed for a backup role behind Louis Vasquez, Kuper wasn't going to make the final roster at $4.5 million non-guaranteed. The restructure will net the seven-year veteran $1.05 guaranteed and he can earn another $1.7 million in playing-time bonuses. The Broncos need him as interior depth after losing J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen to season-ending injuries. Perhaps he'll get a shot at center.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 10:00:00 AM

The Broncos are working on a restructured contract with RG Chris Kuper.

Coming off two major surgeries on his troublesome left ankle, Kuper has no leverage. He's owed $4.5 million and isn't expected to make his camp debut until next week. Even when Kuper returns, he'll be backing up Louis Vasquez.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 08:40:00 AM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper's Denver future is murky after the $23.5 million addition of Louis Vasquez.

The Broncos will likely play Vasquez at right guard, Zane Beadles at left guard, Orlando Franklin and Ryan Clady on the tackles, and J.D. Walton at center. Kuper, coming off two left ankle surgeries and owed an untenable $4.5 million base salary, is the obvious odd man out. Kuper turned 30 in December.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:34:00 PM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper will undergo left ankle/lower leg surgery.

Kuper underwent surgery for the same injury last offseason, but this time he's going to visit a different surgeon. X-rays near the end of the regular season revealed a break where the plate that had been holding his fibula together was shattered. Kuper missed the entire 2012 offseason with the same injury, though this one is "less traumatic."
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 05:37:00 PM

The Broncos are optimistic that RG Chris Kuper (ankle) and LT Ryan Clady (undisclosed) will play versus the Ravens in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Kuper was limited in practice last week after missing nine games in the regular season. Clady sat out practice last week, but it's not believed that his undisclosed "nagging" injury is serious.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Broncos declared RG Chris Kuper, QB Caleb Hanie, CB Tracy Porter, RB Knowshon Moreno, DL Sealver Siliga, DB Duke Ihenacho, and TE Julius Thomas inactive for Week 10 at Carolina.

Manny Ramirez will fill in for Kuper. Although Peyton Manning's 10 sacks taken are the second-fewest in the NFL, they have all come in the five games started by Ramirez.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 11:40:00 AM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper is out 2-4 weeks with a severe left ankle sprain.

"No fracture involved," said coach John Fox. "There will be some rehab." Journeyman Manny Ramirez will replace Kuper at right guard. Ramirez held his own in five starts to open the season, so Denver's offense should be alright.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 05:39:00 PM

According to the Denver Post, Broncos RG Chris Kuper sustained a "severe" ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

X-rays came back negative, but Kuper is still expected to miss some time. He'll have an MRI Monday to determine the exact extent of the sprain. Note that the damage is on his left side, the same ankle he dislocated in the final game of 2011. Look for Manny Ramirez to start against the Panthers in Week 10.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 06:51:00 PM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper exited Sunday's Week 9 game with a third-quarter ankle injury and was immediately declared out.

Kuper suffered a broken left leg late last season and also broke his arm early in training camp. A warrior, we suspect he would have stayed in this game if the injury weren't so serious. Kuper has been a strong run blocker in 2012.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 03:19:00 PM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper (broken arm) has resumed practicing.

Kuper had been sidelined since going down on August 14. Perhaps the Broncos' top offensive lineman, Kuper will likely be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 01:54:00 PM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper is expected to be sidelined six weeks after suffering a broken ulna in his forearm during Tuesday's practice.

Tough luck. Kuper was working hard to return to form after suffering a dislocated left ankle as well as a broken tibia and fibula in last year's season finale. Manny Ramirez is next up on the depth chart, though an alternative would be moving RT Orlando Franklin inside and starting Chris Clark or Ryan Harris against the Steelers, Falcons and Texans the first three weeks of the season.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 02:22:00 PM

Broncos RG Chris Kuper (broken leg) has been medically cleared for training camp.

The Broncos should be breathing a sigh of relief, as Kuper was coming off a major injury. He dislocated his left ankle and also broke his tibia and fibula in Week 17 last year, then underwent a second surgery in April. Kuper is arguably Denver's best offensive lineman when healthy. He should be set for Week 1.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 03:19:00 PM

Coach John Fox expects LG Chris Kuper (leg) to be ready for training camp.

Recovering from multiple surgeries to repair his left fibula and ankle, Kuper sat out all 10 OTAs and three minicamp sessions. Manny Ramirez worked as the first-team left guard throughout spring practices.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 10:52:00 AM

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