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Broncos OT Lepsis done for season after ACL tear

DENVER -- Broncos left tackle Matt Lepsis is out for the
season after tearing a ligament in his right knee in the first half
of Denver's 17-7 win over the Cleveland Browns.

"Anytime you lose one of your top players for the season, it's
always a pretty good punch," coach Mike Shanahan said Monday after
an MRI revealed the tear in Lepsis' anterior cruciate ligament.
"It's a knockout punch almost."

Lepsis stayed in for one play after the injury and then came
out.

The Broncos inserted Erik Pears in Lepsis' place, but Shanahan
said that might not be a permanent move. He said the team could
switch right guard Cooper Carlisle to left tackle and put rookie
Chris Kuper into Carlisle's position.

"He's played out there, we feel comfortable with him,"
Shanahan said of Carlisle at left tackle. "We're going to do the
best thing for the team. We'll sit down and talk about it."

Adam Meadows, who was signed during training camp, may factor
into the mix once his shoulder heals. Meadows played tackle for the
Colts from 1997-2003 before missing the last two years because of
the shoulder. He came out of retirement to join the Broncos this
season.

The news wasn't all bad for Denver on Monday. Defensive lineman
Gerard Warren has a sprained right big toe and might play Sunday
against Indianapolis. Warren, who dislocated his left big toe in
training camp, was injured on the first play of the game against
Cleveland.

Lepsis was placed on injured reserve and Denver filled his
roster spot by elevating wide receiver Brian Clark from the
practice squad.