Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos could be without their best blocker, Ryan Clady, for an extended period of time. The injury Clady suffered on Sunday was declared a Lisfranc injury to his left foot and could miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season.
A Lisfranc injury is a dislocation of one or more of the five bones in the arch of the foot. The more severe Lisfranc injuries require at least three to four months to fully recover.
Clady is a three-time Pro Bowler that protects Manning’s blind side. The Broncos have gotten past their first two opponents with ease, but things could become much more difficult for Peyton Manning and co. if Clady is not part of the equation. Best-case scenario, Denver could place him on the injured reserve with the designation to return.
Chris Clark, a former undrafted rookie, is expected to fill in at left tackle for the Broncos. Clark signed a two-year extension with the Broncos yesterday. He is completely untested as a starter in the NFL, but the contract extension can leave Denver fans hopeful that their offensive line will be okay.
The Broncos will get an extra day of preparation when they host the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. Monday night’s game will be the first matchup of the year for the two division rivals.