Den­ver cen­ter await­ing surgery on both hips

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Cameron Wolfe

The Bron­cos se­lected cen­ter Matt Par­adis as the re­cip­i­ent of their Ed Block Courage Award for the 2016 sea­son. Par­adis is the only Bronco to play ev­ery of­fen­sive or de­fen­sive snap in each of the last two sea­sons.

Par­adis fought through hip in­juries for the ma­jor­ity of the 2016 sea­son, while play­ing all 999 snaps. He said Fri­day that he will have stag­gered surg­eries on both hips, with the first op­er­a­tion com­ing im­me­di­ately after the sea­son.

“I’ll be back next year. They’re very con­fi­dent about that,” Par­adis said. “We’re go­ing to get these surg­eries done and be back as soon as pos­si­ble. Hope­fully that means (by off­sea­son) OTAs.”

Par­adis said Dr. Marc Philip­pon at The Stead­man Clinic in Vail will do the surg­eries. Philip­pon is known through­out the coun­try for work in hip arthroscopy, in­clud­ing do­ing for­mer Bron­cos quar­ter­back Jake Plum­mer’s hip surg­eries.

Den­ver coach Gary Ku­biak praised Par­adis’ tough­ness and de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight through the in­juries this sea­son de­spite be­ing lim­ited to one prac­tice per week. Par­adis said he’s un­sure what caused the in­juries, but he’s con­fi­dent about a full re­cov­ery and a re­turn to play full time in the 2017 sea­son.

Par­adis was the Bron­cos’ most con­sis­tent of­fen­sive line­man al­most im­me­di­ately after be­com­ing a starter at the be­gin­ning of the 2015 sea­son. He was a six­thround pick in the 2014 draft and spent his rookie sea­son on Den­ver’s prac­tice squad.

His im­proved per­for­mance was saluted by his se­lec­tion as a Pro Bowl al­ter­nate this sea­son.

The Ed Block Courage Award is voted on by the play­ers and the re­cip­i­ent ex­em­pli­fies sports­man­ship, character and courage. Last sea­son, in­side lineback­ers Bran­don Mar­shall and Danny Tre­vathan were the Bron­cos’ cowin­ners of the award.

“Ev­ery­one gets in­jured. It’s more of a luck thing to play that much, but it’s an honor and I’m try­ing to stay on that path,” Par­adis said. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been a good one. It’s a long way from be­ing over.”

Bron­cos cen­ter Matt Par­adis, los­ing his hel­met while block­ing against the Pan­thers in the sea­son opener, will have stag­gered hip surg­eries dur­ing the off­sea­son. “I’ll be back next year. They’re very con­fi­dent about that,” says Par­adis, a for­mer sixth-round draft pick. Joe Amon, The Den­ver Post

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