The Broncos made a few roster moves today, placing DT Kevin Vickerson on IR with an ankle injury and replacing him on the roster with FB Quinn Johnson, whom they claimed off waivers from the Titans. Denver also waived RB Brandon Minor, who had been on IR. Johnson is a third-year player from LSU who spent his first two NFL seasons with the Packers, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 Draft and dealt him to Tennessee in September for an undisclosed draft pick. Johnson has appeared in 24 NFL games including four this year and caught two passes for 17 yards against the Broncos in Week 3.
Meanwhile, John Fox today said there's a "strong likelihood" he'll make an announcement tomorrow regarding the Broncos' QB situation - presumably that Tim Tebow will be the starter going forward. Also, rookie RT Orlando Franklin left the team today to mourn the loss of his younger brother.
The NFL has officially approved the Broncos' switch back to orange home jerseys for the 2012 season. As was reported last year, Nike will be taking over the licensed manufacturing of jerseys from Reebok, but according to ESPN Page 2's Uni Watch, big design changes are not in the works. Rather, the word is that jerseys will only be tweaked in terms of tailoring, so expect that the Broncos' current third jerseys, which they wore in the opener against Oakland, will become the team's primary home uniforms.
As expected, LB Mike Mohamed has cleared waivers and was signed to the Broncos' practice squad today, while TE John Nalbone was released from the PS to create room for him. Denver waived Mohamed yesterday in conjunction with the return of D.J. Williams to practice and the re-signing of TE Dante Rosario, whose addition also facilitated the release of Nalbone. Mohamed had been the Broncos' sixth-round draft choice in April out of Cal.
On the injury front, Elvis Dumervil was declared out for Sunday, Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno and D.J. Williams are listed as questionable, and Brandon Lloyd is probable. For the Titans, RB Chris Johnson and WR Kenny Britt are probable while DE Williams Hayes, WR Damian Williams and S Chris Hope are questionable.
The Broncos have re-signed veteran TE Dante Rosario and waived rookie LB Mike Mohamed to create room for him on the roster. Denver had originally signed Rosario as a free agent on August 1 before releasing him as part of their final cuts on September 3. In the intervening weeks, Rosario had been with the Dolphins, who released him on Tuesday.
Denver had been down to just two healthy TEs on their active roster (Daniel Fells, Virgil Green) with rookie Julius Thomas out for at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain. Mohamed was the team's sixth-round draft pick in April out of Cal. It would figure that Mohamed will end up on the practice squad if he clears waivers. (Thanks, Bob Morris!)
Several key Broncos returned to practice today, including D.J. Williams for the first time since the preseason, along with Elvis Dumervi, Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno. Obviously, the return of these four veterans to a young squad still otherwise struggling with injuries is a big boost as the team heads to Tennessee for Sunday's game against the Titans. Denver is still without Champ Bailey, Eddie Royal, Marcus Thomas, Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas, who is expected to be out at least for another two or three weeks as he recovers from a fractured pinky finger.
Meanwhile, the team has re-signed Jeremiah Johnson to their practice squad after the RB cleared waivers, and they released WR D'Andre Goodwin from the PS to create room for him. (Thanks, RSH!)
The Broncos have made a move to shore up their shrinking WR corps, but it was not a PS promotion as might have been expected. Rather, the team signed former Cincinnati Bengal, Anaheim Angels farmhand and Texas Longhorn Quan Cosby (5'9" 190) to the active roster and waived RB Jeremiah Johnson to make room for him. Cosby has served primarily as a punt returner during his two NFL seasons, and it would figure that he'll function in that same role for Denver now that Eric Decker can expect to see more time at WR following the injury to Eddie Royal. Cosby returned 70 punts for a 10.0-yard average but had only seven career offensive touches for the Bengals (six catches and one carry).
Brandon Lloyd was limited today in his return to practice, while Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Knowshon Moreno again missed practice; all four are listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus Cincinnati, and Baily does not sound optimistic about his own status. Meanwhile, Mike Klis is reporting that RB Jeremiah Johnson will be activated from the team's practice squad as Moreno is expected to miss the game. No word on whom the team will release or waive to create room for Johnson on the roster.
WR Demaryius Thomas has suffered yet another injury, although at least this time it's not major - he broke a finger on his left hand during Thursday's session and missed practice yesterday and today. Thomas has been working back into football shape as he returns from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, and he was already expected to miss at least two or three games to start the season.
Also listed as out for Denver on today's injury report are Marcus Thomas, Ty Warren and D.J. Williams, while David Bruton, Brodrick Bunkley, Quinton Carter, Chris Kuper and Matt Willis are all probable. For Oakland, TE Kevin Boss, S Mike MItchell and WR Louis Murphy are out, while LB Darryl Blackstock, WR Derek Hagan, CB Chris Johnson, RB Taiwan Jones, WR Chaz Schilens, and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke are all listed as probable.
As has been speculated upon for several days now, the Broncos have made a change at their backup OT spot, signing ex-Steeler Tony Hills (6'5" 304 lbs) and waiving Herb Taylor to create room for him on the roster. Hills is a fourth-year player who was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2008 Draft out of Texas, and he played in four games for the Steelers during his time there (all in 2010, no starts). Hills, who will turn 27 in November, was waived by Pittsburgh on Saturday, and the Broncos have signed him to a two-year deal, according to Adam Schefter.
6:09pm ET - The Broncos have announced that WR D'Andre Goodwin, OT Adam Grant, RB Jeremiah Johnson, S Kyle McCarthy, WR Eron Riley and FB Austin Sylvester will join Beal and Weber on the practice squad. Earlier reports had suggested that McCarthy was ineligible for the PS, but obviously those were incorrect.
5:34pm ET - Denver has signed former ZOMG Patriots CB Jonathan Wilhite, a fourth-year player whom New England originally selected 129th overall in the 2008 Draft (4th round). What are they trying to do, become the Patriots West?!?! In 39 career games (13 starts), Wilhite has three INTs, nine passes defensed and 93 tackles. New England had waived Wilhite last Monday.