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J.D. Walton’s return should help Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos are getting healthy at the right time.

Starting center J.D. Walton was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list yesterday after spending half the season on the list with a fractured ankle. He was originally the Broncos’ starting center until he suffered the injury early last season. Because of the time that he missed, he will most likely be serving as the backup behind Manny Ramirez. Having to spend a lot of time away from the team from an injury that required more procedures than most people would think would not take so much time speaks volumes about the severity of the injury. But either way, the return of Walton does provide a spark to a Broncos offensive line that has the main job of protecting the future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

Having Walton back on the active roster gives Jack Del Rio a strong backup plan in case Ramirez ends up under performing or goes down due to an injury. Having such a strong backup plan helps out the Broncos in the long run. Minus the game against the Indianapolis Colts the Broncos’ offensive line has done a solid job at protecting Manning and making sure he does not end up on the ground or worse.

This is a step in the right direction for the Broncos, as they have most certainly used the bye week to get healthy and prepare for this second half of the season and perhaps a long run into the postseason. With the team near one hundred percent, this could turn into one of the most dangerous teams that we have ever seen. Now it all comes down to putting the pieces of the puzzle into play.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.