Ball lost out to undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson, who has made the 53-man roster despite a sprained MCL that's kept him out of action for the past two weeks. Vic Lombardi reports that Anderson is expected to be at full speed in two weeks or sooner.
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Hours in advance of the NFL's deadline, the Broncos have gotten down to the 75-man roster limit by placing safety Quinton Carter on irrevocable injured reserve and center J.D. Walton on the regular-season PUP list.
Carter has struggled with health problems since late in the 2011 season, when he injured his left knee against the Patriots. He was placed on IR after just three games in 2012.
In advance of Tuesday's 4pm ET deadline to cut down to 75 players, the Broncos have announced 11 transactions, bringing the roster to 77.
Wide receivers Greg Orton and Quincy McDuffie were waived/injured; Orton suffered a high ankle sprain on the last play of Denver's August 3 scrimmage, while McDuffie had been slowed by a hamstring problem.
The Browns had agreed to trade DE Brian Sanford to the Seahawks in exchange for guard John Moffitt on Monday, but health concerns surrounding the former third-rounder convinced Cleveland to cancel the deal on Tuesday.
Seattle wasted no time finding a new trade partner, and has instead sent Moffitt to Denver in exchange for DT Sealver Siliga.
Superstar linebacker Von Miller has been suspended six games without pay by the NFL for having violated the league's substance abuse policy.
As this was a negotiated suspension, Miller will not appeal.
He will miss the first six games of Denver's regular season: versus Baltimore, at the Giants, versus Oakland and Philly, at Dallas, and against Jacksonville.
During his suspension, Von may not practice with the team or attend games, but he may participate in team meetings and work out at Dove Valley.
Facing a shortage a linebacker due to the looming suspension of Von Miller and wrist surgery for Stewart Bradley, the Broncos have reportedly signed 35-year-old Paris Lenon to shore up the group.
In 11 seasons with the Packers, Lions, Rams, and Cardinals, Lenon has started 122 of the 175 games in which he's appeared, including 48 consecutive starts with Arizona over the past three years.
The Broncos have essentially converted the $1.05M injury settlement Chris Kuper would have been due into a guaranteed salary for 2013. The reworked deal saves Denver $3.45M in cash and against the cap.
According to Mike Klis, Kuper can earn an additional $1.7M in incentives, while his 2014 and 2015 (nonguaranteed) salaries remain unchanged.
This is a win for the Broncos; as for Kuper, he had hardly any choice in the matter.
It's been expected for months now that the Broncos would sign punter Britton Colquitt to a contract extension.
The only question was whether the pricetag would be a reasonable one, or a gross overpayment similar to that given placekicker Matt Prater.
As you can tell by our title, John Elway & Co. opted for the latter.
Colquitt's three-year extension is worth $11.7M, bringing his four-year total to $13M, or $3.25M per season, which ties him with Tampa Bay's Michael Koenen for the fourth-highest AAV among punters.
Once Denver made the biggest splash of free agency in adding Wes Welker, it was practically a foregone conclusion that Brandon Stokley would not be re-signed.
The only question was whether the 14-year veteran would retire, wait for a possible injury among Denver's wideouts, or sign somewhere else entirely.
Stokley, of course, served a crucial role in the Broncos' recruitment of Peyton Manning - hosting, and then playing catch with (secretly in a neighborhood park) - his old Indy mate. And once Stokely realized that he, too, might have something left in the tank, he said he'd play in 2012 for the Broncos, or nobody else.
Obviously, yesterday's signing of Ryan Lilja (which is pending a physical) is quite a coup for John Elway & Co., following the season-ending injury to Dan Koppen.
But given that J.D. Walton may not be back at all this season, the lack of center experience for Manny Ramirez and C.J. Davis, and the apparent developmental struggles of Philip Blake, can we be sure the Broncos are done adding depth there?