The Broncos might not have to wait long to see if Chris Clark is worth every penny of the two-year contract extension he signed Monday — he could be protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside this weekend.
All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady hurt his left foot in the waning minutes of the Broncos’ 41-23 win over the Giants on Sunday, and there’s a possibility he could miss a game for the first time in his six-year NFL career.
Coach John Fox said Monday the team was still evaluating Clady’s ‘‘left foot sprain,’’ and he declined to address an ESPN report that the three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro was expected to miss some time with a Lisfranc sprain.
‘‘No, because I'm not into fortune-telling or tea leaves or any of that good stuff,’’ Fox said. ‘‘Right now, it’s exactly what I said — it’s a left foot sprain. When we know something, we'll let all the fortune-tellers know.’’
A Lisfranc sprain is an injury to the ligament that holds the first two toes in place and usually requires long and arduous rehab with no guarantee of success.
Clady got hurt when Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins rolled into his legs from behind during a 2-yard run by Montee Ball with 3:43 left in the game Sunday. Clady was limping badly in the locker room after the game and the Broncos hadn’t been back for very long when Clark signed his two-year contract extension Monday.
Clark is a fifth-year pro with a half-dozen NFL starts — all of which came at tight end during the Tim Tebow experiment in Denver two years ago. This year, he filled in at left tackle almost the entire offseason while Clady was recuperating from shoulder surgery.
Raiders’ Branch ailing
Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch will likely miss significant time with a right ankle injury starting with next Monday night’s game against the high-powered Broncos.
Branch is one of two returning starters on a much-improved defense for Oakland that leads the league with nine sacks and has allowed just three scores on its last 17 drives. Branch got hurt rushing the passer in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over Jacksonville.
Coach Dennis Allen would not confirm an ESPN report Monday that Branch broke his leg but said Oakland’s highest-paid player in 2013 will be out for ‘‘some time.’’
Campbell, Hoyer on call
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden sprained his thumb in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 14-6 loss at Baltimore and will probably miss this week’s game when the Browns visit Minnesota.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said the team will wait and see how Weeden’s injury responds, but he seemed to be leaning toward starting either backup Jason Campbell or third-stringer Brian Hoyer.
Campbell filled in for one series — he went 1 of 4 for 6 yards — after Weeden got hurt when he smacked his hand on a helmet after throwing a pass. However, Chudzinski said he will consider starting Hoyer, who has been No. 3 on Cleveland’s depth chart since the start of training camp.
The Browns’ offense isn’t the only thing off course, as two players were involved in traffic incidents on Monday.
Wide receiver Greg Little, who has a history of driving troubles, was issued three traffic violations after being stopped at 1 a.m., Cleveland police said. Also, guard Shawn Lauvao got his car stuck on a curb when he drove into a downtown construction zone. Team spokesman Zak Gilbert said Lauvao was not injured and there was no alcohol involved.
Little, who recently settled a ticket for driving with an expired license plate and was ticketed for speeding, was cited for a stop-sign violation, change of course, and driving with a suspended license, police said.
Falcons lose pair
The Falcons lost two starters, defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing, to season-ending injuries. Biermann tore his right Achilles’ tendon and Ewing separated his left shoulder in Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Rams. This is the second straight year Ewing has suffered a season-ending injury; he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee before the 2012 season . . . Panthers starting free safety Charles Godfrey is out for the remainder of the season with a torn right Achilles’ tendon, adding to the team’s troubles following an 0-2 start. Godfrey, a six-year-starter, sustained the injury during the second half of Carolina’s 24-23 loss to Buffalo on Sunday while breaking up a pass to Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson in the corner of the end zone . . . The Ravens are counting on having injured running back Ray Rice this Sunday against the unbeaten Texans, even though the three-time Pro Bowl star may not be healthy enough to practice this week. Rice strained his left hip flexor Sunday in the fourth quarter of Baltimore’s 14-6 win over the Browns. The good news is that the team has not scheduled an MRI to assess the extent of the damage . . . Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said left tackle Russell Okung is likely to play on Sunday against Jacksonville after suffering a toe injury in a 29-3 win over San Francisco on Sunday night. The news was far worse for the 49ers, as nose tackle Ian Williams was slated for surgery on his left ankle. ‘‘Looks like he’s going to be out for the year,’’ San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said. Williams was injured in the first quarter of his first career start on a cut block by J.R. Sweezy near the left knee during a 2-yard run by Lynch.
Jones-Drew needs rest
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a tendon strain in his left foot, although the Jaguars hope he won’t miss any games. Coach Gus Bradley said Monday that Jones-Drew will undergo an MRI and may sit out practice this week as a precaution . . . Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley says he’s ‘‘A-1, 100 percent’’ healed from a concussion suffered in the season opener that sidelined him against the Patriots. Earlier, the Jets waived punter Robert Malone and replaced him with Ryan Quigley, who was in training camp with the team. Malone, in his second season with the Jets, set the franchise record last year with a 45.8-yard gross average, and had the second-best net average in team history at 38.5 . . . Reggie Bush got hopeful results from an MRI on his banged-up left knee, allowing the Lions to breathe a sigh of relief. The Lions don’t know — or aren’t saying — if they expect Bush to play Sunday at Washington or if he'll need at least a game off to heal.