Nalen's slow recovery from surgeries forces Broncos to put him on IR

Updated: September 23, 2008, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Center Tom Nalen, the last link to the Broncos' Super Bowl titles of the late 1990s, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and likely spelling the end of his career in Denver.

The 37-year-old Nalen, who is in the final year of his contract, underwent two surgeries on his left knee this summer and missed the team's first three games. The Broncos had left him on the roster hoping for his quick return.

The 15-year veteran, whose 2007 season was cut ...

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