The rookie tackle from Colorado State thrown into the starting lineup before the season will be placed on season-ending IR, Gary Kubiak said. Sambrailo will undergo surgery within a week, the coach said Monday afternoon.
"This is really tough for me," Kubiak said. "He's just worked so hard."
"We gave him a chance to play through it," Kubiak added. "He wanted to try to play through it. We made it through a month and he worked his tail off last week but was just unable to do it."
He suffered the injury to his left shoulder early in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to block Lions' cornerback Rashean Mathis. Sambrailo stayed in the game, playing every snap on offense despite the injury.
The former ski racer has been the team's starter since Ryan Clady suffered a season-ending knee injury in May. This possibly puts a premium on offensive tackles for the Broncos before tomorrow's trade deadline.