Broncos place guard Ronald Leary on injured reserve

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Ron Leary’s first season with the Broncos has been cut short by a back injury that sidelined the sixth-year guard the past two weeks.

The Broncos placed Leary on injured reserve on Tuesday. He was the cornerstone of Denver’s free agent class last winter when he signed a four-year, $35 million deal with $20 million in guarantees after spending his first five seasons in Dallas.

Leary was a solid addition up front even as the Broncos’ refurbished offensive line sprung leaks as former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy spread out his personnel in three-receiver sets that didn’t provide help for his struggling tackles.

Leary has been replaced in the lineup by Connor McGovern.

The Broncos (4-9) play the Colts (3-10) on Thursday night in Indianapolis.