ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In one morning practice, the Broncos lost two players that were atop the depth chart at their respective positions.
"It’s tough," defensive tackle
Kuper is expected to miss four to six weeks, and Head Coach John Fox said Hunter could be out four months.
What makes the loss of the players even harder, their teammates said, is what both bring to the field.
“It’s hurtful to lose Jason Hunter," linebacker
As for Kuper, tight end
"It’s a tough loss for the short period of time," Manning said. "He’s a veteran player and obviously I’m getting to know him as a teammate but I can tell he’s a good leader. I know he’s a tough guy and I know he’ll rehab quickly and hopefully be back before the docs even say."
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy said he expects nothing less.
"There are going to be some injuries from week to week, and the next guy steps up," McCoy said. "That’s the importance of all the OTAs, minicamp and training camp, so that when your opportunity does come, you’ve got to make the most of it in this business.”