Denver's options if Clady can't start season

April, 28, 2010
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The Broncos will likely get back All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady for the season opener Sept. 12 against Jacksonville.

He suffered a 50-percent torn patella tendon in his knee while playing basketball during the weekend. He had surgery Tuesday and said his timetable to return is three months. The team hopes for his return in four.

However, ESPN medical analyst Stephania Bell said there is a chance that Clady will not be 100 percent healthy in four months.

If that’s the case, and Clady is a few weeks behind schedule, here are Denver’s options at left tackle.

Tyler Polumbus: He replaced right tackle Ryan Harris when he suffered a toe injury. Polumbus struggled at times and there’s no reason to believe he’d be stout at left tackle.

Zane Beadles: The second-round pick played tackle the past three years at Utah. The Broncos like him as a guard as well. It will be a tall task to ask him to replace Clady in his first NFL game.

Ryan Harris: He could move for right tackle in the short term and Denver could use Polumbus at right tackle if Clady was out for a short period.

Flozell Adams: He is the best available left tackle on the market. Denver could pursue him as insurance.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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