Ryan Clady Injury: Updates on Denver Broncos Star's Foot
The Denver Post's Mike Klis first broke the news on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 17
From Pro Football Talk:
Broncos are still evaluating all options with LT Ryan Clady (foot sprain), including short-term injured reserve, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 17, 2013
Klis elaborated on the injury:
Placing Clady on IR with the designation to return is another option. Either way, Clady will miss significant time because of a Lisfranc injury in the arch of his left foot. Lisfranc sprains occur when a metatarsal bone is displaced from the tarsus. The more severe Lisfrancs can have a three- to four-month recovery period.
Clady is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro left tackle who has started 82 consecutive games for Denver since being drafted in 2008.
The Broncos have gotten off to a hot start on offense this year, scoring 90 points in two games. Quarterback Peyton Manning has passed for 769 yards with nine touchdowns and zero interceptions over the course of those two games, blowing out each of the last two Super Bowl champions; first the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and then the New York Giants on Sunday.
But things might get much more difficult for Manning if Clady is out for the year.
Last season, Clady earned first-team All-Pro honors and helped lead one of the league's top pass-protecting offensive lines, as the Broncos allowed just 21 sacks—the second-best total in the NFL.
He anchors Denver's offensive line and protects Peyton Manning's blind side, so losing him for the season could have devastating consequences.
If he can't play, then backup Chris Clark is the next man up for the Broncos. He's a former undrafted rookie who recently agreed a two-year contract extension with Denver, as noted by Chad Speck of a3 Athletics:
Congratulations to Chris Clark! He agreed to a 2 year extension with the Broncos - will sign today.— Chad Speck (@a3Chad) September 16, 2013
Clark is an untested player in the NFL, but the fact that Denver believes enough in him to sign him to an extension is perhaps the only glimpse of hope for Broncos fans in this developing situation.
It would be easy to assume the Broncos will struggle on offense without Clady, but there's always the Manning factor. During his time in Indianapolis, he proved time and again that he could get his team to perform at a high level, regardless of who was in the starting lineup.
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