ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Guard Ron Leary will miss the remainder of the Broncos' season after he tore his right Achilles tendon on Sunday against the Rams, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced Monday.
"It's a huge loss for us from a leadership perspective," Joseph said. "From a player perspective, it's a huge loss. We have great depth in that room obviously with [Connor] McGovern and Max Garcia being the starters now and Sam Jones dressing on game day. So we'll see how that works out. I feel good about that room."
Garcia replaced Leary at left guard during Sunday's game, and Joseph confirmed Leary would start in that spot on Thursday against the Cardinals. McGovern will remain at right guard.
Leary has played in 17 of a possible 22 games since signing with the Broncos during the 2017 offseason. He missed the final five games of 2017 with a back injury.
The Broncos will place Leary on IR ahead of Thursday's game, which will give Denver an additional spot on its 53-man active roster.
Denver could promote Austin Schlottmann or Avery Gennesy from their practice squad or sign a free agent.