Broncos sign center Dan Koppen
ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP)
Former Pro Bowl center Dan Koppen, who spent nine season snapping the
ball to Tom Brady in New England, will now have the chance to work with
Koppen signed with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, two weeks after his
release from the New England Patriots, where he played from 2003-11.
Koppen, who turned 33 on Wednesday, adds experience and depth to the
interior line and might push starting center J.D. Walton for playing
Manning was sacked twice in his Denver debut, once when it appeared the
wrong line call shifted everyone to the right and led to left tackle
Ryan Clady having no one to block. Running back Knowshon Moreno was
left to block two men, and Pittsburgh linebacker Jason Worilds dropped
Manning for an 8-yard loss.
The offensive linemen weren't in the locker room during the media
access period Tuesday.
The Broncos also waived backup center C.J. Davis and re-signed backup
quarterback Caleb Hanie, who was released in a procedural move Saturday
to provide the Broncos with some financial flexibility. His $1 million
base salary is no longer guaranteed.
As expected, the Broncos also placed defensive tackle Ty Warren on
injured reserve after he re-tore his right triceps in the opener, his
first game since 2009.
''It affects us a lot, actually,'' said second-year defensive tackle
Mitch Unrein, who played a career-high 40 snaps after Warren got hurt.
''He's a great leader. but as Coach (John) Fox always says, next guy
up, so that kind of opens the door for guys like me.''
Warren, 31, re-injured himself early in the Broncos' 31-19 win over the
Steelers. He missed all last season after tearing the same muscle
during training camp, and he missed the 2010 season, his last in New
England, with a hip injury.
Warren's return lasted two plays into the second quarter when he came
up injured after shaking off a blocker and trying to tackle running
back Jonathan Dwyer.
''That's a pretty sad reminder of how brutal this game can be and how
quickly it can all be over,'' Unrein said. ''This injury thing is
tough, especially for how great he's played in the NFL for so many
years and to go out that way, that's kind of a bummer.''
Warren was the 13th overall pick by the Patriots in 2003 and he helped
New England win two Super Bowls before signing a two-year deal in
Denver in 2011. Although he restructured his contract over the summer,
Warren will end up collecting more than $5 million for his five snaps
with the Broncos.
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