No excuses, but one injury really hurt Denver Dan Leberfeld

East Rutherford – All teams have injuries, but some are more significant than others.

The Denver Broncos loss of franchise left tackle Ryan Clady, early in the season, to a Lisfranc sprain, was terrible loss.

He is a heck of a left tackle, an outstanding blindside protector.

Now the Broncos still had a great season without him, but a lot of that had to do with Peyton Manning’s quick release.

Chris Clark did his best, but he was a big drop-off from Clady.

And in a game against a team that brings so much pressure like Seattle, Clady would have been a big help to Denver.

Left tackles like Clady are hard to find.

Hey, Seattle would have likely still won this game no matter what, but this was a game where the loss of Clady really reared it’s ugly head.