Happy Wednesday, friends. I wanted to weigh in briefly on the Ryan Clady news, because it’s obviously of material importance to a Broncos team that’s off to a terrific start this year.
A Lisfranc injury is serious, and it’s definitely the sort of thing that would prevent a LT from performing at a high level, or really, being able to perform at all.
I know what some of you are thinking – did a championship season just go up in smoke with one injury? I’m pretty sure the answer is no. Clady is an excellent player, but he’s not as impactful as several other players on the team. If the defense can survive the loss of both Von Miller and Champ Bailey, the offense can withstand the loss of Clady.
Sunday's beatdown of the Giants has come with a price for Denver, as All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady is reportedly expected to miss several weeks due to a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot.
According to the Denver Post, Clady's injury is serious enough to possibly threaten his availability for the rest of the season.
According to the agent for Chris Clark, the Broncos have given their backup swing tackle a two-year extension through the 2015 season.
Clark is currently making $1.323M on a restricted tender and had been scheduled to reach unrestricted free agency after the season.
The fifth-year player out of Southern Miss took four snaps during Sunday's win after not playing in the opener.
Just one NFL game at center was apparently enough for the Broncos to lock up Manny Ramirez through the 2015 season.
Granted, that game featured perhaps the toughest assignment Ramirez will face all year, in Ravens NT Haloti Ngata. And while Ngata was credited by PFF with two QB hurries, neither of them came at the expense of Ramirez, who had a clean grade sheet in his positional debut.
Happy Saturday, friends. In the wake of the Broncos' roster transactions from today, I looked at Twitter to get the pulse of Broncos Country. What I mostly saw was some misplaced freakouts happening. I thought I'd quickly talk you off the ledge if you're super-worried. Alternatively, if you think you know better than Johns Fox and Elway, I thought I'd let you know that you don't. All is well, Broncos fans.
I love the word kerfluffle and used it at work yesterday to describe, well, a kerfluffle. I saw a lot of this when word came out that dime-a-dozen fifth-round WR Tavarres King had been waived. How can you not have backups for the outside WRs, went the wailing.
In addition to the cuts we've already detailed over the past two days, the Broncos have placed LBs Stewart Bradley and Lerentee McCray on IR, released RB Jeremiah Johnson and TE Jake O'Connell, and waived T Paul Cornick, DT Romney Fuga, and S Ross "Lock" Rasner.
Once Dan Koppen was lost to a torn ACL, Lilja had returned from a brief retirement to reconvene with former Colts teammate Peyton Manning in Denver, but his own knee problems appear to have again ended his career.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have waived sixth-round tackle Vinston Painter, but hope to get him through waivers and onto their practice squad.
Klis adds that Chris Clark will stick as the main backup tackle, with left guard Zane Beadles the fourth outside option. Louis Vasquez saw some action at right tackle this summer when Orlando Franklin went down with an injury, so he figures to be the fallback beyond Beadles.
More news regarding Denver's moves is trickling in, as the deadline to reach the 53-man roster limit is now four hours away.
Meanwhile, Vic Lombardi reports that RB Jacob Hester and C Steve Vallos have made the squad. That means the team will initially carry five running backs - Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, C.J. Anderson, and Hester - we'll see if Hester sticks once Anderson returns from his MCL sprain.