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Bronco Rob
09-18-2010, 03:39 AM
Questions remain about Broncos' battered offensive line


By Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post

09/17/2010 03:35:16 PM MDT


The Broncos exited their practice week much like they entered it, with questions in their injury-battered offensive line.

Guard Chris Kuper (left knee/ankle) and tackle Ryan Harris (left ankle) missed their third consecutive practice today, and unless they improve significantly over the next day neither are expected to play Sunday in the Broncos' home opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

That means the Broncos could sport a starting offensive line with rookie Zane Beadles in Harris' spot at right tackle and veteran Russ Hochstein, who had major knee surgery last season, in Kuper's right guard spot. Harris has neither played nor practiced since injuring his ankle in the Broncos' preseason finale on Sept. 2.

Coach Josh McDaniels offered Friday that Kuper still had a small chance to play.

"We'll see on Kuper, he's kind of a Sunday decision here for us," McDaniels said. "If it's not Chris, then it's Russ and here we go again."

The Broncos have dealt with injuries and roster turnover up front since the start of training camp, rarely having the five players they hoped to be their starters working together in the preseason.

The line struggled to consistently run the ball or protect quarterback Kyle Orton in the regular-season opener last weekend in Jacksonville.

The Seahawks' defensive front, though unheralded, battered the 49ers' offensive line throughout Seattle's opening-day win over San Francisco. The 49ers rushed for just 49 yards in the game at 2.6 yards per carry and the Seahawks sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith twice and forced him into two interceptions.

Broncos fans are expected to get a glimpse of at least one player who should return from injury. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who has been out with a foot injury, has practiced all week and should be in the rotation against the Seahawks.

"He's had two good days of practice and I think as long as everything goes the way we hope it goes (today) he'll be ready roll, and we look forward to him playing on Sunday," McDaniels said.




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watermock
09-18-2010, 05:25 AM
Wow

backup qb
09-18-2010, 06:30 AM
When will we catch a break again?

watermock
09-18-2010, 07:18 AM
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