The Denver Broncos announced they had signed New York Giants practice squad tight end Matt LaCosse on Monday evening and to create the roster spot necessary to make that move they unfortunately had to end guard Ronald Leary’s season.
According to a report from Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post, Leary was placed on injured reserve with a back injury that has held him out of action in each of the last two weeks.
After spending five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Leary signed a four-year, $36 million deal in free agency to join the Broncos and attempt to revitalize a struggling offensive line. And prior to his injury, Leary started 11 games at right guard and played well, with Pro Football Focus grading him as the 11th-best offensive guard in the NFL in 2017.
However, Leary’s presence alone hasn’t been enough to turn the Broncos offensive line around and the unit has still struggled both in their run blocking and in their pass protection. Now, coming off the high of ending an eight-game losing streak, they’ll have to continue to fight without one of their best offensive linemen.
Leary will now have all offseason to get treatment and will hopefully return to the Broncos in 2018 healthy and ready to get things back on track.
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