"Kupe and I have talked about this several times — all that matters for him right now is he gets healthy," Broncos coach John Fox said.
Kuper is not expected to be cleared to practice until next week, and then only on a limited basis. The hope is Kuper can test his ankle in the fourth and final preseason game Aug. 29 against Arizona.
Until then, the Broncos have to start setting their salary-capped payroll. What is certain is Kuper won't play this season on the $4.5 million salary he is scheduled to make under his current contract. That's fair money for a player who started 78 games the previous six seasons — but too steep for a guard who because of injury is not expected to start this season, at least not right away.