The Broncos are expected to place right guard Ron Leary on injured reserve, a locker room source tells Mike Klis of 9 News (Twitter link). The team will formally shut him down for the season this week and replace him on the 53-man roster with another player.
Leary became the highest-paid guard in Broncos history when he inked a four-year, $36MM deal with the team this past offseason. Some teams shied away from Leary due to his history of knee issues, but he stayed healthy – up until this point- and earned a career-high 81.2 overall score from Pro Football Focus. As of this writing, he is PFF’s No. 11 ranked guard this year, ahead of notables such as Kevin Zeitler, Richie Incognito, T.J. Lang, and Kelechi Osemele.
The former UDFA is under contract with Denver through the 2020 season and is slated to carry an $8.875 cap number next year.
Of course, the 4-9 Broncos aren’t playing for much in December. If the season ended today, they would own the No. 5 pick in the draft.
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