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When Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen was carted off the field with a torn ACL at Sunday's practice, it put the team in desperation mode to find a replacement center. In fact they are so desperate that they have reached out to offensive lineman Ryan Lilja who just announced his retirement at the end of the 2012 season about the possibility of coming out of retirement.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Lilja is thinking it over, and that he'll make his decision in a few days.
A good center is always important to have on your football team. It's like the quarterback of your offensie line. However, when your quarterback has had 4 neck surgeries performed on him and runs a no huddle offense with a lot of preÂ snap audibles, that importance is magnified. If the Broncos can in fact lure Lilja out of retirement, he would be a great fit for the team. Peyton Manning and Ryan Lilja were teammates on the Indianapolis Colts from 2004-2009. Lilja is familiar with Manning's fast paced offense and his pre snap audibles, which would make this transition much smoother for Manning and the Broncos. If Ryan Lilja does decide he wants to play, and he can get back into good enough shape to play, this could be the move that saves the Denver Broncos season.
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Ryan Lilja will step out of retirement to reunite with Peyton Manning.
The veteran offensive lineman agreed to terms Wednesday with the Denver Broncos, who are desperate for a starting center following a season ending knee injury to Dan Koppen.
Lilja, who turns 32 in October, has quite a bit of familiarity with Manning after playing guard for six seasons in Indianapolis.
Ryan Lilja and Peyton Manning go way back.
They were teammates for six years with the Indianapolis Colts. They won a Super Bowl together in 2006.
As of now Lilja is retired a little earlier than most offensive linemen at 31 years old. That's what the last three years with the Kansas City Chiefs will do to a guy.
The Broncos though are trying to make Lilja and Manning teammates...
If Peyton Manning has his way he may be get to take snaps from his former Colts teammate afterall. While Jeff Saturday has no plans to unretire, the same may not be true for Ryan Lilja.
The Broncos have offered Lilja, 31, a contract in hoping to bring him out of possible retirement, reports the Denver Post. Lilja had previously discussed a comeback attempt with the Kansas City Chiefs...
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The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug and are thin at center. They reportedly are digging deep when it comes to options.
Ryan Lilja is trading the couch for camp, as the Denver Broncos have wooed the 31-year-old center out of retirement.
The Broncos and Lilja, who officially retired from the game after last season, have agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.
Center is still a relatively new position for the ninth-year pro, who started primarily at guard until last season, but heâ...
As unretired centers go Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may have preferred Jeff Saturday. But with the center position in shambles and Manning presumably interested in not having whatever warm body installed at the position thrown into the quarterbackâ€™s knees heâ€™ll likely settle for Ryan Lilja.
The Broncos have announced that Lilja has agreed to terms with the team.
Quarterback Peyton Manning and one of his former Indianapolis Colts offensive linemen are reunited once again.
A source confirmed to FOX Sports that Ryan Lilja reached agreement on a contract Wednesday with the Denver Broncos. Terms weren't immediately available.
FOX Sports first reported Tuesday that the Broncos reached out to Lilja after a rash of injuries at center. Lilja...
Bad news broke Denver Broncos camp as center Dan Koppen was forced onto the injured reserve list with a tear to his left ACL, which will all but assuredly end his 2013/14 NFL season.
Making matters more interesting is that when you factor in his age, 34, and the already evident demise of his talent, it would not be shocking to see him make this his final stand and ride off into the...
The lure of playing with Peyton Manning has brought former Indianapolis offensive lineman Ryan Lilja out of retirement.Â The 32-year old Lilja agreed to a contract with the Denver Broncos.Â Terms were not announced.
Denver had been looking around for a center since starter Dan Koppen went down with a knee injury that will keep him out of the entire 2013 season.Â Manny Ramirez...
1) Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen joins the growing list of injured NFL playersAt Sunday's training camp, Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Reports out of Denver have confirmed it to be a season ending injury.This is definitely news that no team wants to hear. Losing the team's center is not only crushing to the player...
With Broncos center Dan Koppen lost for the season the first name that came to everyoneâ€™s mind was that ofÂ Jeff Saturday. Saturday, 38, was the longtime center for Peyton Manning in Indianapolis but the [...]
With Dan Koppen done for the year, there have been some reports that Jeff Saturday may want to come out of retirement and sign with the Broncos.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Â it ssounds like Saturday isnâ€™t interested in making a comeback.
Jeff Saturday is down to 230-240. No interest in rejoining Peyton in Denver, which lost Dan Koppen and JD Walton at OC #broncos
â€” Ed Werder...
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