Broncos lose lineman Ryan Clady for season
Clark to now offer QB Manning blindside protection
Peyton Manning will have a new left tackle protecting his blindside after the Denver Broncos placed Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.
Clady hurt his left foot Sunday when Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins rolled up on him while the Broncos were trying to run out the clock in their 41-23 win. He will soon undergo surgery for what's being called a Lisfranc tear, which involves a separation of ligaments and joints in the foot.
Chris Clark, a fifth-year journeyman, will take the place of Clady, the undisputed leader on the line, and make his first career start at left tackle Monday night when the Broncos (2-0) host the Oakland Raiders (1-1).
Clady has been a mainstay at left tackle, never missing a start since being selected in the first round in 2008 out of Boise State. He allowed just one sack last season.
The Broncos rewarded his protection of Manning by signing him to a five-year deal in July worth up to $57.5 million US. Clady was slowed during training camp as he recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.
To fill Clady's spot, the Broncos brought in veteran tackle Winston Justice, who played last season in Indianapolis after spending six years in Philadelphia.
The six-foot-six, 317-pound Justice has started 43 games in his career, including one at left tackle.