ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** What at first seemed like a minor injury during the first day of OTAs has ended Ryan Clady's 2015 season, the Broncos announced on Friday.
Clady was placed on injured reserve after suffering a left ACL tear during practice on Wednesday.
It's a sadly premature end to Clady's year, losing not only a four-time Pro Bowl and two-time First-Team All-Pro tackle on the field but also a great deal of veteran leadership on an offensive line that looks to incorporate youth heavily as they adjust to a new scheme.
"My heart goes out to Ryan because I know how much work he's put in to being a professional athlete and we have a great relationship," Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison said on Thursday. "I feel bad for him, but there is very little that we can do about that other than support him and then work on from there. I'm crushed."
However, the preparations for a new season must go on and the Broncos will have to adjust amid the enormous loss. On Friday, they signed another lineman that offsets Clady's move to the IR, adding former Bronco right tackle Ryan Harris on a one-year contract on Friday.
- For his part, Harris says he's ready to compete and brings a good dose of experience in the offense. And this is how Andrew Mason expects him to fit on the offensive line.
- For more analysis of where the Broncos go from here, see Andrew Mason's analysis from Thursday.