DENVER – The Broncos fear they lost left guard Ron Leary to a season-ending torn Achilles injury, a source told 9NEWS.
Denver’s highest-paid blocker with a four-year contract worth $36 million, Leary suffered the injury during the first play of the second half Sunday in the Broncos’ 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
When Leary went down, Max Garcia shifted from right guard to his more comfortable left guard position and Connor McGovern was inserted into right guard.
McGovern started the first five games this season at right guard.
“I thought they played really well today, especially stepping in after Ron went down,’’ said Broncos quarterback Case Keenum.
Dymonte Thomas, Shane Ray injured
Dymonte Thomas suffered back-to-back blows to the sternum on special teams plays and didn’t return.
Outside linebacker Shane Ray suffered a high ankle sprain.
Bradley Chubb is now one of four Broncos’ rookies to have a 3.0-sack game, joining Elvis Dumervil (2006 at Cleveland), Reggie Hayward (2001 vs. Seattle) and Rulon Jones (1980 vs. Oakland).
“It was disappointing without the win,’’ Chubb said. “But build on the success I had today and keep playing with the great teammates I have around and do what I need to do.’’
Yeah, it was cold but not that cold. And all the snow came down in the pregame hours. Still, the 25-degree game-time temperature made it the second coldest pre-November home game in the Broncos’ 59-season history. Only an October 1969 game against Oakland was colder at 22 degrees.