Peyton Manning: How will Broncos injuries affect his ‘fresh start’ in Denver?

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By Ryan Phillips | Bleacher Report

DENVER — Much is expected of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in 2012, and while on the surface everything seems great, the team is actually dealing with several big-time injuries. Those issues threaten to derail what has looked like a promising season.

Linebacker D.J. Williams, who has been the Broncos’ leading tackler in five of his eight seasons with the team, is already facing a six-game drug suspension to open the season. He could face further punishment after being found guilty of driving while impaired and driving without his headlights.

Williams could conceivably be lost for a significant portion of the season thanks to that conviction—which means backup Wesley Woodyard will take his place. 

The Broncos have also been hit with two major injuries to starters this week. Defensive end Jason Hunter and right guard Chris Kuper will both have to undergo surgery. Hunter has a torn right triceps and is likely done for the year, while Kuper broke his left forearm and will be sidelined for about six weeks.  MORE>>>



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