Peyton Manning will have a new left tackle protecting his blindside after the Denver Broncos placed Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.
Clady hurt his left foot Sunday when New York Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins rolled up on him while the Broncos were trying to run out the clock in their 41-23 win. Clady will soon undergo surgery for what’s being called a Lisfranc tear, which involves a separation of ligaments and joints in the foot.
Chris Clark, a fifth-year journeyman, will take the place of Clady — the undisputed leader on the line — and make his first career start at left tackle Monday night when the Broncos (2-0) host the Oakland Raiders (1-1).
“Stepping up into a role like this, it’s not going to be hard for me to adjust,” said Clark, who received a two-year contract extension on Monday.
“It’s not about filling a guy’s shoes for me. It’s about me creating my legacy, just helping the team the best way I can and doing my job.”
Still, those are some big cleats for Clark to fill.
After all, Clady has been a mainstay at left tackle, never missing a start since being selected in the first round in 2008 out of Boise State. He allowed just one sack last season.
Colts lose tight end Allen
Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen will miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury.
The Colts already had lost starting running back Vick Ballard and starting left guard Donald Thomas to season-ending injuries. Ballard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last Thursday. Thomas has torn a quad tendon in his right leg and is scheduled for surgery today.
Allen started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie last season and caught 45 passes for 521 yards, earning a reputation as a solid pass catcher and blocker.
Robinson out rest of year
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says cornerback Patrick Robinson will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. Robinson, a 2010 first-round draft choice, injured his patella tendon during the third quarter of New Orleans’ 16-14 victory at Tampa Bay last Sunday.
Payton says the Saints replaced Robinson on the roster with veteran cornerback Chris Carr, who’d been with New Orleans during training camp and was among the club’s final cuts.
Ex-Broncos back arrested
Police say former Denver Broncos running back Cedric Cobbs was arrested in Bryant, Ark., on suspicion of trying to obtain narcotic painkillers by using a fraudulent prescription. Bryant police say Cobbs was arrested Tuesday after a pharmacy worker reported that two men were trying to obtain 180 Roxicodone painkillers with a forged prescription. Cobbs was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to obtain drugs by fraud, fleeing and driving on a suspended driver’s license\
Around the league
Larry Fitzgerald sat out practice with his ailing right hamstring on Wednesday and his status is uncertain for the Arizona Cardinals’ game Sunday at New Orleans. … Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is nursing a right shoulder injury that is limiting his practice time. … New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated in practice after he missed the team’s game at New England last Thursday with a concussion. Defensive end Quinton Coples was limited but had his most extensive action at practice since suffering a fracture in his right ankle on Aug. 17 that required surgery. … The Cincinnati Bengals bolstered their defensive secondary for their next game against the Green Bay Packers, signing free-agent cornerback Curtis Marsh. They placed defensive end Robert Geathers on injured reserve with an elbow injury and re-signed safety Jeromy Miles. … San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o practiced for the first time since injuring his right foot in August. … James Starks will get the start at running back Sunday for the Green Bay Packers against the Bengals with rookie Eddie Lacy recovering from a concussion. Starks ran for a career-best 132 yards last week against the Redskins. … Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, who injured his right knee Sunday in a victory over the Vikings, did not participate in practice Wednesday. Coach Marc Trestman said Tillman’s absence was precautionary and that “he should be ready to go in practice [today].” … The Kansas City Chiefs released fullback Toben Opurum and signed safety Bradley McDougald to their practice squad. … Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson’s one-game suspension was reduced to a $100,000 fine for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Darren Sproles of New Orleans.