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Tom Nalen | Center

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (42) / 5/13/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 286
College: Boston College
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ESPN's Bill Williamson reports that Broncos C Tom Nalen has decided to retire from football.
Nalen's contract was up, his longtime coach just got fired, and he's battling a bone-on-bone condition in his surgically repaired knee, so this comes as little surprise. A five-time Pro Bowler and one-time All Pro, Nalen was the pivot for Denver's hallowed zone-blocking scheme for 12 1/2 seasons. The former Foxboro Warrior standout probably isn't Hall of Fame material, but Nalen snapped to John Elway in two Super Bowl wins and there's never been a finer center in team history. Tue, Jan 6, 2009 07:14:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Broncos C Tom Nalen, who went on injured reserve Tuesday, reportedly has a "bone-on-bone" condition in his knee.

This is what happens after several surgeries on the same joint. Nalen, 37, is likely done after 14 seasons in the NFL and five Pro Bowl appearances.
Wed, Sep 24, 2008 09:37:00 PM

Broncos placed C Tom Nalen on injured reserve, ending his season.

Nalen had been hoping to make a midseason return following knee surgery, but suffered a setback in his recovery last week. Casey Wiegmann will continue to fill in.
Tue, Sep 23, 2008 04:55:00 PM

Broncos C Tom Nalen has suffered a setback in his return from knee surgery and has been shut down from practicing.

The team is not thinking about placing Nalen on injured reserve, but the news is discouraging. The passing offense is obviously doing just fine with Casey Wiegmann filling in; the ground game hasn't been so great.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Sep 19, 2008 10:25:00 AM

Despite returning to practice this week, Broncos C Tom Nalen is expected to miss Sunday's bout with San Diego.

Casey Wiegmann will continue to start. Nalen's status is week to week.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Sep 12, 2008 06:00:00 PM

Broncos C Tom Nalen (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.

A plus for Denver's ground game. Assuming Nalen still has something left, the five-time Pro Bowler should bolster the zone blocking scheme, possibly allowing one back to get the "hot hand" and take over as a primary runner.
Wed, Sep 10, 2008 07:55:00 PM

The Broncos expect C Tom Nalen (knee surgery) to return to limited practice next week.

Nalen missed the entire preseason after July knee surgery. Casey Wiegmann will continue to start while Nalen is out.
Sat, Sep 6, 2008 09:57:00 AM

The Broncos believe C Tom Nalen (knee surgery) will be ready to play "early this season ."

The team says that his latest surgery "took," so his knee should respond this time. Nalen is not a great bet to stay healthy all year, but an early season return would benefit the running game.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Aug 23, 2008 09:50:00 AM

Broncos C Tom Nalen will undergo his second knee surgery of the offseason Friday.

Nalen's left knee didn't respond to a June arthroscopy and he's having it "cleaned up" again. He will be out indefinitely. Nalen is 37 and a poor bet to play more than a few games this season. This could hurt Denver's run game.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Aug 20, 2008 04:06:00 PM

An MRI revealed no structural damage to Broncos C Tom Nalen's knee, coach Mike Shanahan confirmed.

"Tom is such a tough guy, so when he feels like he's ready to go, he'll go," Shanahan said. "When will that be? I really don't know." Casey Weigmann is filling in with the first time. Nalen should be back by Week 1.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 05:09:00 PM

Tom Nalen has a sore knee, and the Broncos are concerned enough to schedule an MRI.

The 37-year-old center was supposed to be recovered, but he's dealing with irritation in the bursa sac beneath the knee. Nalen doesn't think it's serious, but we'll know for sure after the results come in.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 12:24:00 PM

Broncos C Tom Nalen (knee surgery) has rejoined the first-team offense.

Nalen is way faster than it could've been anticipated at his age (37). While Nalen may be a poor bet to play 16 games, his return is promising. He's the only remaining Bronco from Denver's two Super Bowl winning teams.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jul 25, 2008 07:07:00 PM

Broncos C Tom Nalen will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, but the team expects him to be ready for training camp.

Trading Chris Myers looks like a bigger mistake than ever. There's no way Denver can be confident in Nalen, 37, recovering quickly. Casey Wiegmann, who the Chiefs didn't think was good enough to retain, will step in. Denver's line has a lot more question marks than usual, which is rough news for Jay Cutler and Selvin Young.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jun 6, 2008 03:11:00 PM

Broncos C Tom Nalen (torn biceps) and G Ben Hamilton (concussions) are training together this offseason and say they're back to 100%.

Nalen turns 37 in May, but has no plans to call it quits. Denver is counting on him returning to play at a high level after trading heir apparent Chris Myers.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Mar 18, 2008 09:56:00 AM

Broncos C Tom Nalen will miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps.

Denver has a lot of inexperience behind Nalen, so the Pro Bowler's loss will sting. Reserve TE Nate Jackson (groin) is also lost for the rest of the year.
Mon, Oct 8, 2007 03:44:00 PM

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