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Thursday, April 29, 2010
It's one thing after another in Denver

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

It’s always something in Denver.

The Broncos were looking forward to beginning a life of normalcy -- or least a little piece and quiet. But that seems impossible in Denver.

The Broncos had just traded enigmatic Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and shipped unhappy tight end Tony Scheffler out of town this month. Marshall’s departure ended a 10-month saga. It was the team’s second long drama in a year. The team traded Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler after he engaged a long, public fight with new coach Josh McDaniels.

In the past week, it seemed like things were going the way McDaniels wanted it to. He wheeled-and-dealed during the draft and came away with two players he really wanted in the first round -- receiver Demaryius Thomas and quarterback Tim Tebow.

Life was good in Denver.

Then All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady -- probably the team’s best player -- got a yen to play little hoops.

Oops.

Clady suffered a partially torn patella tendon while playing basketball last weekend and it required surgery. The team is hopeful Clady will be back in time for the Sept. 12 opener at Jacksonville.

However, the fantastic Bill Barnwell of the Football Outsiders took a look at the history of other players who required surgery to repair a patella tendon. The fastest recovery time was six months. That would mean Clady would miss half the season.

Clady is famous for his terrific foot work. Even if he comes back in that four-month time span, he will be challenged to be at his wonderful self early in that season.

Clady will likely be back at some point in 2010, but the point is, this is just another avoidable issue in Denver. It never fails in Denver. Peace is just not part of the picture. Drama reigns in the Rocky Mountains.