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?
As he had presumably been among the players on the proverbial bubble, it's unlikely the team would use its IR exception on Beal. According to the new IR rules, each team will be allowed to designate one reserved player for return, but there is a restriction: any player placed on IR up until this point must be chosen for return by tonight at 9pm ET.
Likewise, once rosters are set, teams can only designate a player for subsequent return at the same time they place him on IR.
It's hard to imagine the Broncos view Beal as being important enough a player to use this valuable exception on him.