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.
Quinn was originally selected with the final pick of the second round in 2009; Denver traded two third-rounders to Pittsburgh in return for the pick they used on Quinn and a fourth-rounder used on G Seth Olsen. Of the ten players chosen by McDaniels and Brian Xanders in their first draft together, only four remain (Knowshon Moreno, Robert Ayers) - and that number figures to shrink even further, as safeties Darcel McBath (positional versatility) and David Bruton (special teams skills) may be battling each other to stick as Denver's fifth safety, if the team even keeps that many.
Meanwhile, congratulations are in order for Kyle Orton and his wife Bridget, who gave birth to the couple's first child early this morning, a daughter named Olivia. According to Mike Klis, Orton is expected to play into the third quarter tomorrow night and is likely to be followed by Tim Tebow in the QB rotation.