The Broncos will likely get back All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady for the season opener Sept. 12 against Jacksonville.
He suffered a 50-percent torn patella tendon in his knee while playing basketball during the weekend. He had surgery Tuesday and said his timetable to return is three months. The team hopes for his return in four.
If that’s the case, and Clady is a few weeks behind schedule, here are Denver’s options at left tackle.
Zane Beadles: The second-round pick played tackle the past three years at Utah. The Broncos like him as a guard as well. It will be a tall task to ask him to replace Clady in his first NFL game.
Ryan Harris: He could move for right tackle in the short term and Denver could use Polumbus at right tackle if Clady was out for a short period.
Flozell Adams: He is the best available left tackle on the market. Denver could pursue him as insurance.