Pardon Ryan Clady’s interruption

The rap on Ryan Clady’s NFL career has been something he can’t do much about: injuries. The rap on Ryan Clady’s NFL career has been something he can’t do much about: injuries. This year the missed time could amount to 16 games, plus whatever the Denver Broncos do in the postseason. Clady tore his ACL during Denver’s OTA’s Wednesday, and the team said yesterday he’s likely to miss the entire 2015 season. This comes less than two years after an early-season Lisfranc injury knocked him out of 14 games in 2013. Ty Sambrailo, the Mountain West’s top draft pick this year as a second-rounder out of Colorado State, got the first crack at replacing Clady at left tackle yesterday in practice.

It’s a blow to Clady, the 28-year-old former Boise State star. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler and is considered Denver’s best offensive lineman overall the past seven seasons since being drafted No. 12 overall in 2008. But there have been some long stretches of hiatus for the 6-6, 315-pounder. Clady’s luck took a downturn in 2010 when he tore his patella tendon playing pickup basketball. He didn’t miss any playing time that season, but he wasn’t at his best. Clady put together another Pro Bowl season in 2012 but injured his shoulder in the season finale. He muddled through the playoffs before requiring shoulder surgery after the Broncos were eliminated in the AFC divisional round. His career will be at a crossroads now in 2016.

As we talk about the countdown underway toward the 2015 college football season, there is one team that’s way below the 100-day mark. Many NAIA teams kick off a week early—one is the College of Idaho, which opens in Simplot Stadium Saturday, August 29, against its closest rival, Eastern Oregon. A year ago we really didn’t know what to say about the Coyotes. But they turned out to be a pleasant surprise, posting a 4-7 record. Pretty good for a program that had been dormant for 37 years. The Yotes are now only 92 days away from teeing it up.

Tim Duryea has a doozy as he takes the reigns for the retired Stew Morrill at Utah State next season. The new USU men’s basketball coach wants it that way, though. Duryea and the Aggies will play at defending national champion Duke on Sunday, November 29. Duryea has said he’ll do what it takes to get on national TV to benefit the program, and that was a motivating force in securing a game against the Blue Devils. By national TV, we’re only talking ESPNU, but who wouldn’t want to play at Cameron Indoor Arena?

Tomorrow we’ll find out if the date for the Basque Soccer Friendly will change. If Athletic Bilbao upsets FC Barcelona in Spain’s Copa del Rey, the game in Albertsons Stadium will stay on July 29. If Bilbao falls to Barcelona, as expected, it’ll take on Club Tijuana on July 18 or 19. Athletic Bilbao is no slouch, though. It’s one of only three Spanish clubs that has never been relegated from La Liga (the others are the powerhouses, Real Madrid and Barcelona). Bilbao is second only to Barcelona in Copa del Rey titles, having won the Cup 24 times.

Not a bad start for Graham DeLaet at the AT&T Byron Nelson outside of Dallas. The Boise State product shot a one-under 70 in the first round yesterday. It was bit inconsistent, though, with five birdies and four bogeys. DeLaet is tied for 33rd and is in position to make the cut today if he stays the course. His best shot of the day was a 90-foot approach on No. 11 that he plunked five feet from the pin. He then dropped in the putt for a birdie.

Despite their early exit from the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Idaho Steelheads had a successful 2014-15 season. European clubs tend to raid teams like that, and the Steelheads have already lost five players to new contracts in Europe for next season. Leading scorer Wade McLeod is headed to Germany, while Jason Bast goes to Switzerland, Brett Robinson to England and Matt Case and Gaelen Patterson to the same team in Norway. On a side note, former Steelie Cody Lampl, the Ketchum product who has been playing for the Toledo Walleye, will play for the Fischtown Pinguins in Germany next season. Fitting for a guy who was born in Pittsburgh and is a lifelong Penguins fan.

Memorial Stadium, the aging home of the Boise Hawks entering its 27th season next month, will open with one unique improvement next month. For all these years, the seats on the first base side of the stadium were the least desirable, baking fans in the sun. The Hawks’ new ownership is rigging up a 30-foot “blimp” on that side of the ballpark that will operate on a pulley and block the sun as much as possible. The other most noticeable change will be the renaming of the Hawks Nest down the leftfield line to the “Purple Porch” as a nod to Boise’s new parent club, the Colorado Rockies.

Other sports doings: the YMCA Famous Idaho Potato Marathon has been pushed back a couple weeks this year and will wind along much of the Greenbelt tomorrow. The net effect for the runners in the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K course is hotter weather—as in, highs in the upper 80’s, the hottest day of the year. Those going all 26.2 miles will buckle down, since the event can be used as a qualifier for the 2016 Boston Marathon. And Boise State has 12 athletes at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminaries in Austin, TX. One, Emma Bates, has already for nationals with her performance in the women’s 10,000-meters last night. Two other Broncos won their preliminary heats: David Elliott in the men’s 1500-meters and Jordin Andrade in the 400 hurdles.

This Day In Sports…May 29, 2012:

Seen as a huge step for the Idaho Stampede, the franchise announces a three-year single-affiliation agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers. For the first time, an NBA club would be in control of the Stampede’s basketball operations and personnel—and the expenses that go with it. Since moving from the CBA to the D-League in 2006, Idaho had been affiliated with five different NBA franchises over six seasons. But the solo association with the Blazers would last only one year. The Utah Jazz took over the affiliation the following two seasons before announcing a purchase of the Stampede in March of 2015.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)