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Broncos activate Derek Wolfe from exempt list; release James Casey

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak knew it would be difficult to make the roster move that provided room for DE Derek Wolfe to return the 53-man roster.

"Yeah, it is tough," Kubiak said Thursday. "It's a nice problem to have, but it's something that will have to be addressed between now and the weekend."

It was addressed Saturday with the decision to release TE/FB James Casey. That provided the spot for Wolfe, who was officially activated from the exempt list after serving a four-game suspension.

Releassing Casey was difficult, but borne of multiple factors, including injuries on the offensive line, the desire to develop younger players at the back end of the roster and, finally, the recent shift of priorities in offensive formations.

The Broncos made rare use of Casey in the regular season's first four weeks as they emphasized three-wide receiver formations and two-tight end packages instead.

Casey, a street free agent pickup in April, played just 19 offensive snaps over the first four weeks and was inactive for the Week 3 win over the Lions.

When the Broncos needed a short-yardage fullback last week in a goal-to-go situation, they inserted center James Ferentz as a lead blocker.

TE Virgil Green and RB Juwan Thompson are also capable of playing fullback in future games if the need arises.

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