ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The same injury that forced two other Denver Bronco defensive linemen out for an entire season has now befallen Jason Hunter, the team announced Wednesday.
Hunter suffered a torn triceps muscle during Tuesday’s practice, and team officials said he’ll likely require season-ending surgery.
Elvis Dumervil missed all of 2010 and Ty Warren all of 2011 with the same injury.
Hunter had taken the starting spot of the struggling Robert Ayers during this training camp. But top rookie lineman Derek Wolfe was giving both a run for their money after coming up with a pair of sacks in Denver’s 31-3 preseason win over the Chicago Bears a week ago.
Hunter has played for three NFL teams and has never been a starter over the course of his six-year NFL career, though new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio called him “rugged,” and “what we’re looking for in a defensive lineman” during this season’s training camp. A year ago, Hunter came up with 61 tackles, three sacks and an interception as a part of the Broncos defensive line rotation.
Starting offensive lineman Chris Kuper was also injured at Tuesday’s practice. His left forearm injury is expected to keep the seventh-year lineman out 4 -6 weeks.
The team did not practice in pads Wednesday as a precautionary measure on the part of head coach John Fox. That meant no hard-hitting.