Peyton Manning to lose blindside protector, perhaps for season, as Ryan Clady has Lisfranc injury

Frank Schwab
September 16, 2013

Through two weeks the Denver Broncos have looked like a powerhouse, but it appears they have lost one of their best players, perhaps for the rest of the season.

Left tackle Ryan Clady has a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot. That generally is a long-term injury, and the Broncos haven't ruled out placing Clady on season-ending injured reserve, the Denver Post said.

The Broncos could also put Clady on injured reserve with a designation to return this season, but no matter what it looks like Clady "will miss significant time," the Post said.

The Broncos offense has a lot of star power, but this is a tremendous loss.

Clady was tied for the fourth-ranked tackle in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus' grades, and the Broncos put the franchise tag on Clady this offseason. He insisted on a long-term deal and got it, with a five-year $52.5 million contract. Clady is fortunate he got that deal when he did, considering the injury.

Now the Broncos must go forward for at least a good portion of the season without their left tackle, which isn't the best news for 37-year-old quarterback Peyton Manning.

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