Ryan Clady’s streak is about to come to an end thanks to a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot.
Clady is just the fourth offensive lineman in NFL history to start every game (82) and make three Pro Bowls during his first five seasons. Cornerback Brandon Carr of the Cowboys and Joe Flacco os the Ravens are the only other players from the ’08 draft class to start every possible game during the last five years.
Clady was seen wearing a walking boot leaving MetLife Stadium on Sunday. He is expected to miss several weeks.
The injury occurs when one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus.
Coincidentally, tackle Chris Clark was signed to a two-year contract extension Monday. Clark has played in 42 regular season game (6 starts) over the last four season.
“He got a lot of work [at left tackle] this training camp, as well as the preseason games,” John Fox said Monday. “We have the utmost confidence in Chris Clark.”
The Broncos will be just fine without Clady for a few weeks. While he’s a key component to the protection of Peyton Manning, the Broncos have the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys, Jaguars, and Colts coming up before their bye in week nine. None of those teams have a significant pass rusher except for DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys.
In other injury news, safety Duke Ihenacho announced via Twitter that he will be ready to play on Monday Night against the Raiders despite injuring his ankle against the Giants.
The Broncos’ schedule early on really benefits the team. They have eight days to rest, recover, and prep before their next game. That’s after having ten days to do the same for the Giants game.