The Denver Broncos lost Ryan Clady, one of the biggest reasons Peyton Manning chose to play for them when he was a free agent, for the season Wednesday.
The left tackle, charged with protecting Manning’s blind side, will have surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury on his left foot and has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.. Clady was injured near the end of the Broncos’ victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.
Chris Clark will replace Clady, a three-time Pro Bowl player who had started every game in his five-plus years in Denver. Clark has started just six games during his six years in the NFL. The team also signed free agent Winston Justice for depth today.
“I’m here to do a job, and my job is to start for however long,” Clark told the Denver Post on Tuesday, before the extent of the injury was known. “That’s what it’s going to be. I’ve always viewed myself as a starter. In this league, you can’t view yourself as a backup.”