According to multiple reports, the Broncos have completed their 10-man practice squad by signing defensive end Zach Thompson (6-5, 265).
According to Mike Klis, Wes Welker is expected to make a limited return to practice today, and could be fully cleared by Wednesday or Thursday.
In that case, Welker would be ready to play in the Broncos' season opener against Indy on Sunday night.
The 33-year-old slot man has suffered three concussions in the past 9.5 months.
Wow, this has been quite a weekend for so-so quarterbacks.
Alex Smith got a four-year extension from Kansas City through the 2018 season, including a reported $30M (!) at signing.
According to PFT, an additional $15M injury guarantee would vest early in the next league year.
You know how there's no way so-and-so is going to clear waivers?
Well, maybe the talent around the league is better than one might have thought.
Or, teams (and players) favor familiarity and continuity over most else.
As expected, the Broncos got down to the 53-man limit by waiving tight end Gerell Robinson, wideout Bennie Fowler, and corner Louis Young.
RB Juwan Thompson and WR/returner Isaiah Burse made the final cut as undrafted rookies.
Sixth-round center Matt Paradis was the only 2014 draftee to be waived, while Kevin Vickerson and Duke Ihenacho went from Week 1 defensive starters in 2013 to cut in 2014.
The Broncos have waived another of their recent draft choices, this time center Matt Paradis.
Paradis was selected in May out of Boise State, but sat behind veterans Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery on the depth chart.
Neither of the rookie free agents out of Colorado State has stuck on the team, as Denver has waived running back Kapri Bibbs.
Bibbs, who tied for the most touchdowns in the country in 2013, scored three times in the preseason, including twice at Dallas on Thursday night.
Ihenacho's cometlike Denver career took him from an undrafted rookie in 2012 to an opening day starter in 2013.
Denver has waived 2013 seventh-rounder Zac Dysert, who had served as their third-string quarterback last season and this summer.
That leaves only Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler at the position.
Painter spent most of the season on the Broncos' practice squad, but was promoted late in the year to prevent San Francisco from poaching him.