Denver Broncos offensive guard Louis Vasquez suffered an injury to his ribs in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks, and as a result, he was forced to exit the biggest game of his career.
Lindsay Jones of USA Today reported the unfortunate news, adding Steve Vallos would be replacing him on Denver's offensive line:
Lou Vasquez out for the rest of the game with a rib injury. He'll be replaced by Steve Vallos.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 3, 2014
The Broncos were in the midst of a blowout when Vasquez was injured.
Seattle led the game by a score of 43-8 early in the fourth quarter, and the injury to his ribs was just one more gut punch to a team that was watching its Super Bowl dreams go down the drain in rapid fashion.
Vasquez was brought over in free agency from San Diego before the season and began to improve Denver's pass protection and running game. Unfortunately for Denver, he and the rest of the Broncos offensive linemen were unable to slow down Seattle's juggernaut defense in the Super Bowl.
The Broncos had only tallied 19 rushing yards through three quarters, Manning had been hit three times and had thrown two interceptions, and Seattle's defensive line was dominating the trenches.
Vasquez, 26, is under contract with Denver through the 2016 season.
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