Ryan Clady’s season is over.
The Broncos have placed Clady, their starting left tackle, on season-ending injured reserve, according to the Denver Post.
Clady suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in Sunday’s win over the Giants, and after having it checked out, the team’s medical staff has decided that he’s going to need several months to recover. He will be gone throughout the entire regular season and postseason.
The job of protecting Peyton Manning’s blind side now falls to Chris Clark, who has started just six games while bouncing around the NFL for six years. The Broncos will also sign free agent offensive tackle Winston Justice.
The Broncos placed the franchise tag on Clady early in the offseason, and they eventually signed him to a five-year, $57.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed. Losing him will be a major blow to a team that many consider the favorites to win the Super Bowl.