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Broncos Bring Ryan Lilja Out Of Retirement

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Peyton Manning will be happy to have Lilja under center.Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Peyton Manning will be happy to have Lilja under center.Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos have signed Ryan Lilja to a one-year contract, according to the Denver Post’s Mike Kils. It looks like his retirement was short-lived, as the Broncos managed to somehow convince him to get back on the field.

After the team lost C Dan Koppen for the season to a torn ACL, they had to quickly find a replacement. Denver didn’t have many other options, and backup Manny Ramirez was their best option up until Lilja came into the picture. He’s a nice find for the team this close to the preseason.

Lilja spent five years in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning as an offensive guard, but he spent some time at center with the Kansas City Chiefs. The 31-year-old underwent two surgeries this year, so his health will need to be carefully monitored.

Regardless, Peyton Manning can rest a little easier knowing that Lilja will be under center.