Broncos LT Ryan Clady Placed On IR, Set To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
By Allen Kim
Clady was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain in the arch of his left foot after a player rolled up on it during the Broncos’ Week 2 win over the New York Giants. He limped off the field, and while the initial X-ray came back negative, an MRI discovered the full extent of the damage.
Denver gathered a number of opinions before finally deciding on injured reserve, and they were exploring every possibility in the hope that Clady could return later in the season. The best-case scenario would have been to put Clady on injured reserve with a designation to return, allowing him to rehab the injury before returning sometime on or after Week 11. However, it appears that surgery was the only option.
They recently extended Chris Clark to a two-year extension, and he’s expected to start at left tackle. The Broncos also signed OT Winston Justice earlier today to add some depth to their line.
"I'm here to do a job, and my job is to start for however long,” Clark said. “That's what it's going to be. I've always viewed myself as a starter. In this league, you can't view yourself as a backup."
Peyton Manning will have to make do without his All-Pro blindside protector there to anchor the left side of the line. Manning’s quick release and mastery of the pocket should keep him upright more often than not, but he’ll clearly have to make adjustments with Clark replacing Clady as the starter.
“You might mess up on something, and Peyton will get it corrected then and there," Clark said. "Once you get it corrected, you don't make that mistake again."