For the record, count Chris Kuper among the Broncos players invited to the Pro Bowl.

The right guard opted out, though, because of impending surgery to repair what turned out to be another break in his lower left fibula.

The break is in the same area where Kuper suffered a severe left ankle dislocation during the final game of the 2011 regular season.

The initial injury, which occurred Jan. 1, 2012, in a 7-3 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, was more serious. The dislocation caused multiple breaks in the fibula and several ligament tears. During surgery, a plate was inserted with several screws to help repair the damage.

Not everything about the surgery took, one reason Kuper this time will be operated on by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

"This one is less traumatic," Kuper said. "It doesn't have all the other things wrong in there, so I'm optimistic it will be a normal recovery."

The longest-tenured member of the Broncos' offensive line, Kuper, 30, wound up starting only six games, counting the playoff loss to Baltimore, this season because of various injuries.

Still, Kuper had demonstrated enough during his previous five seasons as a starter to become a second alternate for the AFC Pro Bowl team. When the two starting guards, New England's Logan Mankins and Baltimore's Marshall Yanda, were unable to participate in the Pro Bowl, the first call went to first alternate Richie Icognito of the Miami Dolphins. Kuper then got his chance to play in his first Pro Bowl.

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