Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

DETROIT - 2009: Manny Ramirez of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Manny Ramirez is in the Denver Broncos' long-term plans, less than a week after making his first career start at center. The Broncos announced Wednesday night they had signed Ramirez to a two-year contract extension through 2015. The seventh-year pro played in a career-best 15 games last season, including 11 starts at right guard before sliding over to center this offseason when J.D. Walton had a setback in his recovery from ankle surgery. Dan Koppen, last year's starter, blew out a knee when training camp began and Ramirez fended off challenges from Ryan Lilja and Steve Vallos. Coach John Fox on Monday praised Ramirez's play in Denver's 49-27 win over Baltimore last week in which Peyton Manning threw an NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes.
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