Kuper downgraded for Broncos-Raiders

Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper has been downgraded to

questionable for Thursday night’s game at Oakland with a sprained

ankle.

Kuper was listed as probable during the week but was downgraded

Thursday morning. Manny Ramirez would replace him in the lineup

against the Raiders if he can’t play.

Kuper is the Broncos’ top offensive lineman, but he’s made just

six starts this year. He missed the first four games with a broken

forearm and missed two other games with a sprained ankle.

The Broncos will be without their top tackler, weakside

linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who stayed back in Denver with a

sprained left ankle. D.J. Williams is expected to start in his

place with rookie Danny Travathan also getting some snaps in

Woodyard’s absence.

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