DENVER - The Denver Broncos traded one iron man. Then they lost another. In the return of Demaryius Thomas, who made 115 consecutive regular-season starts, Matt Paradis was lost to a broken leg in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, according to media reports.

The expectation is that Paradis is lost for the season, a big blow to an offensive line already without Ron Leary. Paradis had initiated roughly 3,800 straight snaps. That’s 56 straight games.

The Texans held off the Broncos 19-17.

The Paradis injury occurred with 43 seconds left in the first half, when he was taken from the field on the bed of a cart wearing a pained look on his face. Denver inserted Connor McGovern at center in his absence.

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On the injury front it’s starting to look like the 2013 season, with Bradley Roby, Brandon Marshall, Royce Freeman and Darian Stewart also missing Sunday’s game — with no Peyton Manning to cover the cracks. Coming up next is the bye week.

(Contact Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee at or on Twitter at @bypaulklee.)

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