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Broncos place left tackle Ryan Clady on season-ending IR after ACL tear

Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady tore the ACL and was placed on season-ending injured reserve

The Denver Broncos placed left tackle Ryan Clady on season-ending injured reserve after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice on Wednesday, the team announced.

Denver signed veteran offensive lineman Ryan Harris, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Broncos, as a possible replacement.

Harris started 15 games last season for the Kansas City Chiefs and also spent two seasons with the Houston Texans with current Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak.

Clady, 28, started all 16 games for the Broncos last season and was selected to his fourth career Pro Bowl. He was a first-round pick in 2008 and was immediately installed as Denver's starting left tackle.

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Clady was a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro choice in 2009 and 2012. He also went to the Pro Bowl in 2011.

In 2013, Clady suffered a season-ending foot injury in the second game of the season. Aside from that season, Clady has started every game for the Broncos since 2008.

The Broncos had four offensive linemen start all 16 games last season: Clady, Orlando Franklin, Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez. Franklin signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent and Ramirez was traded to the Detroit Lions.

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