In an unfortunate turn of events, three Denver Broncos (2-0) starters were injured during the fourth quarter of the team's 41-23 win over the New York Giants (0-2) at Metlife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Denver managed to score 40-plus points for the second consecutive week, moving to 2-0 on the season, but the victory came at a potentially high price. Starting safety Duke Ihenacho (ankle), left tackle Ryan Clady (left foot) and defensive end Robert Ayers (unconfirmed) all left the game with injuries.
There has been no word yet from the Broncos on the severity of the injuries the three players sustained. We'll likely know more when the team returns to the practice field this week in preparation for a Week 3 showdown against the Oakland Raiders (1-1) on Monday Night Football.
Before leaving the game, Ihenacho had recorded five tackles while Ayers had totaled three and Clady had helped keep quarterback Peyton Manning upright, as New York's defense was unable to generate a sack.
Both Clady and Ayers were able to walk off the field; Ihenacho was carted off.
Duke is walking around the locker room. Says the foot feels fine.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) September 16, 2013
Headed back to Denver with a win! https://t.co/pcE7p8D6lY— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) September 16, 2013
That looks like Ryan Clady in a boot as well, but I only think that because he towers over the man in front of him. What do you think? Is that Duke or Ryan?
Ryan Clady could be out a significant amount of time with a reported Lisfranc foot sprain.
Both Robert Ayers and Duke Ihenacho have tweeted that they "will be fine" and are planning to play next week on MNF.