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Broncos lose left tackle Ryan Clady for the season, reports say

September 18, 2013|By Sam Farmer
  • Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Clady talks to reporters.
Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Clady talks to reporters. (Brennan Linsley / Associated…)

Peyton Manning's job just got tougher, and the Denver Broncos' road to the Super Bowl just got even more challenging.

The Broncos on Wednesday placed all-pro left tackle Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury, according to and the Denver Post.

The Post reported on its website that Clady will undergo foot surgery.

In Sunday's win over the New York Giants, Clady suffered a Lisfranc sprain to his left foot, which typically requires several months of rehabilitation.

Clady, who protects Manning's blind side, signed a five-year, $57.5-million contract this off-season, $33 million of which was guaranteed. He's one of the offensive cornerstones for the Super Bowl-favorite Broncos.

Chris Clark will replace Clady in the starting lineup, and the team reportedly is poised to sign free-agent tackle Winston Justice.


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