The Denver Broncos are just the seventh team of the Super Bowl era to score 40 points in each of their first two games in a season. Their 66 points in the second halves alone are as many as any other NFL team has scored through two complete games this season.
A person who has spoken with offensive tackle Ryan Clady told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Monday that the two-time All-Pro has been diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain that might sideline him for an extended period of time.
The Denver Post first reported the injury.
Clady has never missed a game since the Broncos selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. The team was confident enough in his backup, Chris Clark, to sign Clark to a two-year contract extension Monday.
Although Clady is one of the finest tackles in the league, there is perhaps no quarterback better equipped to lose his blind-side protector than Manning. The likely future Hall of Famer is rarely sacked because he makes so many savvy pre-snap adjustments at the line of scrimmage.
If Clady is lost for the season, however, his absence will be felt against defenses that feature dominant pass rushers -- such as the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs.