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Published on 12/18/2008 at Thu Dec 18 12:39.
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Ryan Clady (AP Photo)

Ryan Clady (AP Photo)

The Denver Broncos have been ravaged by injuries all season long and all over the football field, with one exception – the offensive line. After Sunday’s 10-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers, however, that was no longer the case. Ryan Clady, who might not be a Pro Bowler but is still the best damn left tackle in the league, along with right guard Chris Kuper, both suffered injuries that could threaten their respective appearances in Sunday’s regular season home finale against Buffalo.

Both players were held out of practice Wednesday.

Clady hurt his ankle on the last play of Sunday’s game, but is hopeful to play. Kuper broke his left hand and is wearing a soft cast similar to the one he wore throughout training camp on his right hand.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan said the players will need to practice in order to play. “We’ll find out over the next couple of days,” Shanahan said. Rookies Tyler Polumbus and Kory Lichtensteiger are listed below both players on the depth chart and would likely start if either or both players can’t go.

“It’s just sore,” Clady told reporters Wednesday. “I should be able to play.” Kuper also said he was hopeful to play Sunday.

The first play after Kuper went out with his hand injury, Lichtensteiger gave up the Broncos’ ninth sack of the season. If that doesn’t show how important these guys are, I don’t know what does. We need Kuper and Clady healthy to beat the Bills and continue our playoff push. Hopefully they’ll practice today and get ready for a snowy, snowy Sunday.

  • Kyle

    UPDATE – Neither player practiced Thursday

  • hercules rockefeller

    Temp around zero at kickoff.

  • broncoNM

    dude this is really bad news. We really, really need these guys.

  • Jason

    I wouldn’t worry about the Kuper/Licht. What lineman doesn’t give up a sack early in sudden replacement, especially after so many months of bench time? He knows better know, I would guess, and will be better prepared.

    Losing Clady, on the other hand, scares me.

  • merc22

    what injury does clady have?(hand,foot,hamstring)

  • olen

    Hopefully Clady will play the second half of the game . That is where Jay Cutler needs him the most .

  • mikebirty

    here’s hoping we’re 40 up by half time so both of them can sit down…..

    if they play.

  • Jon Krause
  • dee

    Lets hope they put them out of their misery …. PREDICTION Broncos 60 Bills 3.