Five Broncos have been chosen by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2012 season.
On offense, quarterback Peyton Manning and guard Chris Kuper received the honor. The defensive captains will be cornerback Champ Bailey and defensive end Elvis Dumervil. Wesley Woodyard rounds out the group as special teams captain.
Since Kuper is still recovering from a fractured forearm, running back Willis McGahee will serve as an interim team captain until Kuper returns to the field.
For Manning, this marks the 11th consecutive season that he will serve as a team captain. Kuper, the most veteran player on the offensive line, will enter his 3rd season as a Broncos captain.
Bailey, who has been a team captain for the past five seasons, is the longest tenured player on the roster as he enters his ninth season in Denver. Dumervil represents the only first-year team captain among the group.
Woodyard, who enters his fourth season as a team captain, also served as a game captain during his rookie season. He joins Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little as the only players in Broncos history to serve as a team captain in a game for their first five consecutive seasons.
“We’ve got a good group of leaders and veterans on this team, with some young guys that are willing to listen and learn,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said on Tuesday. “I like the way the locker room is coming along.”
We’ll have reaction to the announcement of the captains from the locker room later today.
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