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Ryan Clady goes to Denver Broncos' IR, out for season

The Denver Broncos suffered their biggest loss of the young season Wednesday.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that injured starting left tackle Ryan Clady is going on season-ending injured reserve, according to a source who spoke with Clady. The Broncos later confirmed the move and added that Clady's injury required surgery.

Clady was diagnosed with a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot, suffered near the end of the Broncos' 41-23 Week 2 victory over the New York Giants.

Rapoport previously reported that Clady's friends feared he might be out for the season.

That fear was realized Wednesday.

The loss of the two-time All-Pro is huge for Peyton Manning and Co. Clady had never missed a game since being chosen in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He provided Manning with the comfort of knowing the quarterback's blind side would be protected without additional aid.

In the offseason, Clady signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract, with $33 million guaranteed.

Manning's blind side now will be shielded by fourth-year pro Chris Clark, who has started all of six NFL games. The Broncos also signed veteran tackle Winston Justice to a one-year contract, Rapoport reported earlier Wednesday.

The Broncos already were without centers Dan Koppen and J.D. Walton because of season-ending injuries before the season. Longtime backup guard Manny Ramirez has filled in well, thus far, at center.

We cannot understate how big losing Clady is for the Broncos' offense. However, if there is one quarterback who can deal with the pressures of performing behind a makeshift line, it's Peyton Manning.

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