Posted Sat Sep 5th by Monty
The Denver Broncos finalized their 53-man roster Saturday, releasing 12 players, placing Josh Bell on waived/injured and signing DE Vonnie Holliday. Players released today include DE/OLB Tim Crowder and RB Darius Walker.
By our count, this left 54 players. Then we remembered that Brandon Marshall‘s suspension technically ends tomorrow, so until then he is not included in the 53-man roster count. Expect another announcement tomorrow.
Your 2009 Denver Broncos 53-man roster, after the jump.
Cut: Ingle Martin
The Broncos keeping three quarterbacks is no surprise. Will they bring in another with Orton/Simms hurt?
Running Back (4)
Cut: Darius Walker, Marcus Thigpen
Disappointed that Jordan got the nod over Walker, but he does have the size and blocking edge. And stop and think about it – it’s the fourth tailback. Best of luck to Walker landing on another team.
Wide Receiver (6)
Cut: Nate Swift, Matthew Willis
Reserved/Suspended: Brandon Marshall
Marshall will return to the active roster, and the Broncos will need to make a move. I’m guessing Brandon Gorin, but we’ll see. Could be LaMont Jordan, Chad Jackson or Josh Barrett, too.
Tight End (3)
Cut: Marquez Branson
Do you think Branson was upset after hearing Jeb Putzier say on the radio that the Broncos told him they were only keeping three tight ends with a preseason game still to go? Like, “What am I, chopped liver?”
Offensive Line (9)
Cut: Kory Lichtensteiger, Clint Oldenburg, Mitch Erickson
Injured Reserve: Matt McChesney
Hochstein can play just about every position on the line, and with injuries to Hamilton and Kuper, he may have to.
Defensive Line (7)
Le Kevin Smith
Cut: Carlton Powell, Nic Clemons, Matthias Askew, Everette Pedescleaux
I love the Holliday signing. If he stays on pace with recent years, he could be the best defensive lineman on the roster.
Cut: Tim Crowder, Lee Robinson, Braxton Kelley
This is Moss’ last chance.
Defensive Backs (9)
Cut: Tony Carter, Rashod Moulton, D.J. Johnson, Antwain Spann, Vernon Fox, Josh Bell
A lot of quality special-teamers in this group.
I’m excited to see if Prater can keep his hot streak going beyond Week 8 this season.
Eat some crow: I posted my 53-man prediction yesterday. I didn’t foresee the Holliday signing, so had Carlton Powell on my list. I thought Marshall would be listed, so had to cut someone else – that person was T Brandon Gorin (and if I had to put money on it, he’s the guy I think is gone tomorrow). Those surprises aside, I had Walker instead of Jordan.