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Porter named AFC Defensive POW

Broncos corner Tracy Porter was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his season-opening performance against the Steelers.

The fifth-year player was credited with eight tackles (one for loss), five passes defensed, and his late interception of Ben Roethlisberger and subsequent TD return sealed the 31-19 victory for Denver.

Porter joins teammates Von Miller (2011, Week 11) and Champ Bailey (2009, Week 4) as current Broncos to have won the award for Denver.

Broncos sign Koppen and Hanie, place Warren on IR, waive Davis

As expected, the Broncos have signed center Dan Koppen and brought back quarterback Caleb Hanie.

To make room for them, the team placed DT Ty Warren on IR and waived guard/center C.J. Davis. Denver also cut lineman Wayne Tribue from the practice squad.

Taking the place of Tribue on the practice squad will be DE Jamie Blatnick, who was among the team's final cuts this year after collecting seven tackles in the preseason (five solo).

Updated 5:12pm ET

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Broncos agree with center Dan Koppen

Five and a half months after getting outbid for the services of center Jeff Saturday, the Broncos have agreed to terms with former longtime Patriots center Dan Koppen.

Like legendary Denver center Tom Nalen, Koppen was drafted out of Boston College, and he started 120 of the 121 games he played for New England from 2003 to 2011.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old fractured his left ankle during the Pats' 2011 opener and missed the rest of the season; he was among several notable veterans cut by the team two weeks ago.

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Broncos lose Warren, will re-sign Hanie

Denver's season-opening 31-19 over Pittsburgh came with a heavy price, as defensive tackle Ty Warren tore the same triceps that had cost him the 2011 season; he is likely done for the year.

Warren departed during the second quarter of Sunday night's game; it was his first regular-season action since the 2009 season. The former Patriots star had agreed to a reduced $1.5M salary (down from $4M) after a brief holdout over the summer.

John Fox also confirmed the team will re-sign QB Caleb Hanie, who had been released over the weekend in order to keep Denver from having to guarantee Hanie's salary as a vested veteran.

Seven players added to Denver practice squad

The Broncos have filled seven of their eight practice squad spots with players they had cut from the 75-man roster yesterday.

RB Jeremiah Johnson, DT Sealver Siliga, TE Cornelius Ingram, DT Ben Garland, WR Greg Orton, G Wayne Tribue, and S Duke Ihenacho cleared waivers and were signed today.

S Rafael Bush was claimed by New Orleans, while QB Adam Weber was signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad; T Ryan Harris, who was released yesterday, has signed with the Texans.

Updated 5:05pm ET

Hanie, Brooking, Leonhard, Carter, Steven Johnson, C.J. Davis make 53-man roster

The Broncos have announced their final round of mandated cuts, with a few mild surprises along the way.

Denver decided to keep three quarterbacks, with Caleb Hanie sticking around despite a rough preseason finale in Arizona. Of course, the team could always find another QB to replace Hanie later on, whether via waivers, or another team's cut, or by way of trade. Earlier reports say the Dolphins have fielded calls on Matt Moore, who played under John Fox and Mike McCoy when all three were with Carolina.

Late veteran defensive additions Keith Brooking and Jim Leonhard both made the team as had become expected, as did cornerback Tony Carter.

Updated 9:00pm ET

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Broncos release Drayton Florence

Denver released veteran cornerback Drayton Florence only months after giving him a $1.5M signing bonus as part of a two-year, $4.5M deal.

Florence had struggled in the preseason, while second-year nickelback Chris Harris has continued to excel. The release of Florence likely means the team will be keeping either Tony Carter or Syd'Quan Thompson; he will count for $1.5M against the 2012 salary cap, and the move will save $750K in cap money.

FWIW (not much), we had just been discussing last night as a staff whether Florence would be the surprise cut of the day for Denver.

Updated 7:47pm ET

Broncos waive Weber, Tribue, Garland

As expected, the Broncos have waived quarterback Adam Weber, with the hopes of stashing him on the team's practice squad.

Weber, signed as an undrafted rookie out of Minnesota in 2011, has the look of a quintessential career backup NFL quarterback.

Guard Wayne Tribue and defensive tackle Ben Garland have also been waived. 

Four moves down, sixteen more to come (not counting the Williams/Green suspensions).

Updated 6:58pm ET

Broncos place Beal on IR

The Broncos have placed defensive end Jeremy Beal on Injured Reserve with a sprained left knee. That leaves 19 cuts to be made, with D.J. Williams and Virgil Green soon headed to the reserve/suspended list.

Beal, a 2011 seventh-round pick, was injured during last night's game at Arizona, and he is the fifth player to be placed on IR. Kind of strange for an injury as minor as a knee sprain to send a player to IR, right?

Updated 6:23pm ET

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Vontaze Burfict, Kellen Moore survive final cuts

9:22pm ET - FB Jacob Hester was among San Diego's cuts; the Giants placed defenders Shaun Rogers and Terrell Thomas on IR.

9:12pm ET - Much-debated undrafted rookies Vontaze Burfict (Bengals) and Kellen Moore (Lions) both made it past final cuts.

9:12pm ET - Minnesota cut QB Sage Rosenfels.

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