Devastating injury news in Denver this morning as Ryan Clady will miss the rest of the Broncos' season.
Clady, the three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro left tackle, was placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday morning by the team due to a lisfranc injury in his foot. The lisfranc joint connects the metatarsals (long bones) to the tarsals (bones in the arch) and is necessary for standing, walking and certainly playing football.
Clady is arguably the second most important player on the team behind quarterback Peyton Manning because he protects Manning's blind side as the QB scans the field for open receivers. Manning famously has gone through four neck surgeries to still be playing in his 17th season and an injury to him would mean an end of the Broncos' Super Bowl aspirations.
Chris Clark, a sixth-year pro, steps in to fill Clady's massive void. Clark has started only six games of the 40 he's participated in for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos.
Denver has started the season 2-0, tied for a lead in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to awe-inspiring offensive production. The Broncos' 90 total points scored is far and away the most in the NFL (Green Bay is second with 66), while defense and special teams have shown up in those victories as well.
Next, the Broncos host the hated Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football, with kickoff slated for 6:40 p.m. MT. The game can be seen on ESPN.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. Follow Rich on twitter (@RichKurtzman).