After adding safety Mike Adams via free agency, the Broncos entered training camp expecting one of Quinton Carter or Rahim Moore to start next to the ninth-year veteran. A week and change into camp, Moore has been impressing, but an injury to Carter on Day 2 has taken him out of the competition for now.
Carter had originally been diagnosed with a hamstring injury, but he also hurt his knee and underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure earlier this week. The second-year ex-Sooner is expected to miss at least the first two of Denver's preseason games.
The team first responded to Carter's injury by adding ex-Buffs safety Anthony Perkins on Saturday, and tomorrow they reportedly will work out former Bills, Ravens, and Jets safety Jim Leonhard, who auditioned for Buffalo earlier on Friday. Leonhard had spent his first three NFL seasons with the Bills before heading to Baltimore in 2008, where he played under then-Ravens DC Rex Ryan. When Ryan took the head job with the Jets a year later, he brought Leonhard with him via free agency.
Leonhard, who will turn 30 in October, had a tendon in his right knee repaired surgically in December. In 13 games last season, all starts, the Wisconsin alum graded out as a +2.9 overall according to PFF (-0.1 run, -1.9 pass rush, +5.7 pass coverage, -0.8 penalty).
Meanwhile, wide receiver D'Andre Goodwin (ankle) was placed on injured reserve after he cleared waivers; the team has one spot open on its 90-man roster following the Goodwin transaction.