The Broncos announced today that they have released CB Nate Jones & waived RB C.J. Gable, LB Braxton Kelley, LB Deron Mayo, G Shawn Murphy, T Curt Porter, and DE David Veikune. This brings the roster number to 80 players, and the deadline to reach the 53-man limit is Sep 3 at 6pm EDT. None of the cuts are big surprises, although Kelley had impressed throughout the preseason. Jones is the most significant player among those let go and was due to make $810K this season (the veteran minimum for players of his experience) and count for $1.06M against the salary cap; he had struggled mightily in camp and during preseason games. The release of Jones makes it that much more likely that Darcel McBath sticks on the final roster as the team's swingman between safety and corner. Expect the practice squad to be comprised of players released in final cuts - not the players waived today.
Third-year TE Richard Quinn was released by the Broncos with an injury settlement just three days after clearing waivers and being placed on IR. The former Tar Heel had been considered Denver's starting TE until the team signed veterans Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario, and he suffered a knee injury two days prior to the Broncos' preseason opener at Dallas. Quinn's brief stint in Denver was a rough one, as his most memorable moment involved getting chewed out by then-head coach Josh McDaniels in last year's regular season opener after the TE forgot his assignment and cost the team a timeout.
The Commish has reportedly hit Rahim Moore with a $20K fine for his own sideline hit on Bills WR Donald Jones from Saturday night's game (no word yet on whether he'll appeal the fine). Moore's hit was clean in the sense that he did not leave his feet, lower or lead with his head, but the NFL has made it clear they are trying to improve player safety. And while hits like Moore's may or may not be delivered with the intent to harm fellow players, and removing them may greatly alter the game as it's played, in the end the long-term health and wellbeing of the men we tune in to watch each week is far more important than our entertainment, wouldn't you say?
By now you've probably read today's column by Mike Silver which asserts that the Denver brass sees Tim Tebow as the fourth-best QB behind even Adam Weber and feels they dodged a bullet when they were unable to deal Kyle Orton to Miami. While speaking tonight (starting at about 27:30 to go on the Hour 3 podcast) with the guys on The Fan, Silver said he had hoped to write about Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller (or perhaps Brandon Lloyd and/or John Elway), but that he was compelled to instead focus on Tebow because so many people within the organization were talking about his skills and/or lack of progress.
Broncos head coach John Fox announced earlier this afternoon that Kyle Orton will be the Broncos' starting quarterback when Denver hosts Oakland on MNF on September 12. Only weeks after the team tried to deal Orton to Miami and presumably hand the starting job to Tim Tebow, Orton is now the clear-cut starter, while Tebow is battling with Brady Quinn for the Broncos' backup job.
The Broncos have released Denver native LenDale White, who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon and had gained 10 yards on four carries during the team's preseason opener in Dallas. White had been listed as fourth on the Broncos' initial depth chart behind Knowshon Moreno, Willis McGahee and Lance Ball, and his release was likely hastened by the impressive performance thus far of Jeremiah Johnson, who gained 28 yards and scored a TD on four carries Thursday.
According to Josina Anderson, fifth-year DT Marcus Thomas is expected to miss Denver's remaining preseason games and perhaps more, with a pectoral injury that is being called "a little more serious than a strain."
Update 11:21AM ET - Meanwhile, Ty Warren does in fact have a tear in his triceps, although the Broncos' FO has not yet decided whether to place him on season-ending IR just yet. According to Mike Klis, there is some hope that Warren could forego surgery and return at some point this season.
Update 12:30PM ET - According to Anderson, Warren also has a bone fragment floating around in his elbow area
Death. Taxes. NFL preseason injuries.
Klis reported earlier that newly acquired defensive tackle, Ty Warren, could have a siginifcant tricep injury.
We'll likely know the damage by tomorrw. Warren is getting an MRI late tonight.
Warren, along with fellow DT Marcus Thomas, both left today's practice at Dove Valley with injuries.
Many considered Warren the Broncos' biggest free-agent acquisition and had him penciled into the opening-day lineup.
If the injury costs Warren most (or all) of his season, luckily, the Broncos have enough depth--at the moment.
Bowen (6-1, 222) dressed for two games last year with the Jaguars, was originally a fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2008, and has also been a member of the Redskins and Seahawks. Denver had signed Leonard just prior to their season finale last year, while Domino was an undrafted free agent signed this year out of South Dakota State.
In case you were wondering why the Broncos had Steven Hauschka still on the roster and playing last night, it wasn't just to keep starting placekicker Matt Prater fresh. Turns out, the team may need him at some point this year - if and when Prater is suspended by the NFL. Why would he be suspended? Well, Prater was arrested last week for DUI in Greenwood Village. Apparently, Prater's hefty raise from $550K last year to $1.835M this season on a restricted tender couldn't afford the guy a cab or designated driver. And to top it all off, he was also charged with fleeing the scene of an accident. Idiot kickers...