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Tom Nalen Placed On IR

September 23, 2008

It looks like it may be the beginning of the end for the future Hall of Famer Tom Nalen. This morning the Broncos placed him on the injury reserve with a left knee injury Mike Shanahan officially announced.

The 15th-year center underwent two surgical procedures on his left knee before the start of the 2008 season, and though he and the team held out hope that he would be able to return to action, this announcement signals the end of his 2008 campaign. 

“The Broncos selected Nalen in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft, and he has been with the team ever since. Nalen ranks second in Broncos history with 188 starts while his 194 career games played in a Denver uniform represent the third-highest total in club annals. He helped Denver post the most rushing yards with 29,131 and the most individual 100-yard rushing games with 93 in the NFL from 1995-2007 in addition to tying for the league lead in individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons with 11 during that time.” -Denver Broncos Official Site.

Casey Wiegmann has been holding down the fort while he has been gone and has been doing quite a good job of it. Also behind Wiegmann is Kory Lichtensteiger a rookie out of Bowling Green. 

Tom Nalens 5 Pro Bowls happen to lead all Broncos offensive linemen. He is the last remaining player on the active roster from the team’s back-to-back Super Bowl winning squads. One of my favorite quotes by him about being the only remaining player from the Broncos Super Bowls was “I don’t sit around with my feet up going, ‘Yeah, I outlasted everyone.”

I will miss good ol’ Tom Nalen and though he is not officially retired I doubt that we will ever see him suit up in the old orange and blue jerseys again. He is a shoo in for the Ring of Fame and should go into the Hall of Fame. I love Tom Nalen and will miss him dearly. 

In other news, Hamza Abdullah was waived by the Broncos this morning. He was a starter until the third week of the Pre-Season.

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