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    Broncos' Jason Hunter out at least two months with triceps tear
    By Mike Klis
    The Denver Post

    Chris Kuper wasn't the only starter the Broncos lost during training camp practice Tuesday.

    Jason Hunter, who had been promoted to first-string defensive end ahead of Robert Ayers two weeks ago, suffered a triceps tear that will sideline him at least two months and could end his season. Hunter appeared to suffer the injury while popping a blocking sled as the defensive linemen were working through a technique drill.

    Broncos defensive tackle Ty Warren suffered a similar injury at about the exact same time last year. After initially holding out hope of returning for the final six weeks of the season, Warren opted to have season-ending surgery.

    Hunter, who is two weeks shy of 29, has been a productive player for the Broncos, starting a combined 14 games the previous two years. He had been the team's No. 2 defensive end during the offseason but his spirited, almost maniacal play early in camp caused defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to move Hunter ahead of Ayers in the team's 4-3 base defense.

    Hunter was often involved in altercations with members of the Broncos' offensive line during 11-on-11 drills.

    The Broncos are expected to replace Hunter with either Ayers or second-round rookie Derek Wolfe in the base defense.

    The Broncos are closing camp with a run of tough luck. Kuper, the Broncos' starting right guard, suffered a fractured left forearm Tuesday, an injury that will sideline him six weeks. And newly signed linebacker Keith Brooking suffered a pulled hamstring that figures to sideline through most of the preseason.

  • #2
    Jason Hunter

    Just heard that he has a torn tricep and will miss 2 months up to possibly the whole season

    I heard he had been doing real well in camp too, so this pretty much bites the big one. I guess it'll open more opportunities for Wolfe, but this is a hit to the defensive line.


    • #3
      Dang this is one thing about football I hate injuries. Well it's all part of the sport but still stinks.


      • #4
        At this point we just bite the bullet, wish Hunter a speedy and proper recovery; and move on.

        Next man up!


        • #5
          Just got a text from The Fan sayin the same thing man that really sucks
          photo by my GF...[email protected]


          • #6
            That sucks but we do have the depth with beal and Malik Jackson
            A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.


            • #7
              That stinks, he would have been good depth at the very least.

              Hopefully Jeremy Beal can step it up and take over the position. I don't know who is beneath Beal though...Malik Jackson??

              EDIT: I guess Robert Ayers was behind him in the depth chart, forgot Doom is DE now again lol. So we have Doom, Ayers, Beal and they'll move some of the rookies around DE I guess.
              Last edited by Uglybass; 08-15-2012, 09:42 AM.


              • #8
                Hopefully Ayers & Beal can continue to perform in similar fashion to how they did against the Bears last week. This is still a big loss, though.


                • #9
                  Bad news for Hunter. Good news for Ayers. Now he gets yet another opportunity to try to convince the coaches that he can stick in the starting lineup. Also, maybe Wolfe will get some playing time at DE now.


                  • #10
                    Anybody know how to get out of Plan A? - Elway


                    • #11
                      At least this year we have depth across the D-line to cushion the blow. I don't see much if any drop off in play by going with Ayers. It's too early to know for sure but Beal and our draftees IMO can give us the depth that we need behind the starters.

                      In most years, this would be devastating. This year not so much.


                      • #12
                        That's a shame. I like Hunter as a starter much more than Robert Ayers. It'll be interesting to see if Derek Wolfe moves ahead of Robert Ayers, or if Ayers doesn't take his demotion lightly and fights hard for that job.


                        FA Targets: DT Jason Jones, DT Pat Simms, S Reggie Smith, LB Dan Connor



                        • #13
                          Damn, that is bad news for Hunter who looked like he was having a very strong camp. This will be the time for either Ayers, Biel or even Wolfe to step up. I love having depth on this D Line!
                          We are going with Plan A


                          • #14
                            Hunter suffers torn tricep, out for two months

                            "The Denver Broncos held the Chicago Bears to 36 yards rushing in the preseason opener, a positive development for a Broncos defensive line that loomed as a suspect unit entering the season.

                            Tuesday's injury to starting defensive end Jason Hunter puts a damper on the festivities. Hunter, who moved ahead of Robert Ayers in the lineup two weeks ago, suffered a triceps tear in practice Tuesday that could keep him off the field for up to two months and might end his season, The Denver Post reported.

                            Hunter was hurt slamming into a blocking sled during drills, the newspaper reported. The injury likely shifts Ayers or rookie Derek Wolfe into the first wave of lineman in Denver's 4-3 base scheme, but Hunter will be missed. The seventh-year veteran has been a spirited member of the defense during camp, constantly jawing with offensive linemen and drawing praise from new coordinator Jack Del Rio.

                            The Broncos' line already was a concern. The performance against the Chicago Bears was encouraging, because nothing will help Peyton Manning's transition more than a defense that wins the time of possession and prevents opponents from grinding it out on the ground. So far so good, but Denver can't afford more bad luck on the injury front.

                            UPDATE: The Associated Press confirmed that Hunter suffered a torn triceps Tuesday that will sideline him at least two months and could cost him the entire season."
                            Go Hard or Go Home


                            • #15
                              Ok Roger your soft camps aren't working so what's next?