On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Sep. 03, 2014 5:00 PM MDT Gatorade Junior Training Camp Play 60 Fall Kickoff Kickoff event for Play 60 with local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Thu., Sep. 04, 2014 5:00 PM MDT Gatorade Junior Training Camp Play 60 Fall Kickoff Kickoff event for Play 60 with local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Sun., Sep. 07, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts

    The Denver Broncos open up the 2014 season when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in the first AFC West matchup of the 2014 season. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 12:00 PM MDT Fuel Up to Play 60 For the Love of Play Assembly Fuel Up to Play 60 For the Love of Play Assembly.
  • Sun., Sep. 21, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks The Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first road game of the 2014 season. The game will be televised on CBS.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Broncos vs. Cardinals The Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM MDT Drive for Life XVII

    Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos work together on an annual Drive for Life event which is the largest single day blood drive in Colorado.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information about the 2014 DFL event.

    Learn more from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and 9News' Cheryl Preheim about 2014 Drive for Life.

  • Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 11:00 AM MDT Denver Broncos at New York Jets The Denver Broncos travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Oct. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Walton Sidelined -- What's Next?

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Center J.D. Walton underwent an additional procedure on his ankle and is expected to be out until October. Who will fill his role?

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Wednesday afternoon, the Broncos confirmed that center J.D. Walton underwent an additional procedure on his injured left ankle this week.

Walton, who missed all but the first four games of the 2012 season with the ankle injury, is expected to be out until mid-October.

In the meantime, seventh-year lineman Manny Ramirez worked at center throughout offseason practices and appears to be the immediate replacement currently on the roster.

But don't be surprised if the Broncos also look to free agency to fill the void, namely bringing back free agent center Dan Koppen.

The NFL's all-time winningest offensive lineman started 13 games -- including postseason -- for the team last year after Walton injured his ankle. He could fill that same role in 2013, which would be his 11th season in the NFL.

Looking over the roster for other centers, last year's fourth-round pick Phillip Blake started 26 games at center at Baylor University, but was placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury last September after being inactive for the team's first two games.

C.J. Davis, who matched a career high with seven regular-season appearances in 2012, is listed as a center/guard on the team's official roster, and Quentin Saulsberry, who spent last year on the club's practice squad, is the club's only other lineman listed solely as a center.

The Broncos' bye week in 2013 falls in Week 9 -- Sunday, Nov. 3. So if Walton's timetable pinpoints a mid-October recovery, a return to the field following the bye week doesn't appear to be out of the question.

Koppen and Ramirez could be the top options until then.

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.