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Broncos activate RB Mike Boone to 53-man roster, elevate WRs John Brown and Tyrie Cleveland for #LVvsDEN


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos will have several more offensive playmakers available for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Denver activated running back Mike Boone from injured reserve to the 53-man roster and elevated wide receivers John Brown and Tyrie Cleveland from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced Saturday.

The Broncos placed cornerback Mike Ford on injured reserve in a corresponding roster move.

Denver also designated wide receiver Jerry Jeudy for return from injured reserve. He is now allowed to practice with the team, but the Broncos must activate him to the 53-man roster before he can play in a game.

Boone signed with the Broncos as a free agent his offseason, but he has yet to appear in a regular-season game after suffering a serious quadricep injury during a joint practice against the Vikings. He was placed on IR when the regular season began, and he returned to practice on Sept. 29.

Boone has rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns during his career, and he was a key special teams contributors during his three seasons with the Vikings. In addition to providing depth behind Melvin Gordon III — who is listed as questionable — and Javonte Williams, Boone could potentially make an impact on special teams.

"He's had a good rehab, and he's ready to go," Head Coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday.

Brown, meanwhile, could be active for the first time with the Broncos after signing with the team earlier this week. Fangio said Friday that the Broncos "liked what he's done so far."

Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur suggested a day earlier that the Broncos were looking for specific ways to get him involved.

"We're getting him going," Shurmur said. "We're going to try to have something hopefully strategic for him to do in the game. He's very fast. He's a pro. We've had enough conversations with him over a short period of time to see he's a real pro, and he's trying to pick things up as quickly as possible. It's a credit to him, and [Wide Receivers Coach] Zach [Azzanni] is working hard with him. We're trying to give him plays that he can go in and use his skill set."

Cleveland, a second-year player, will be promoted to the active roster for the second time this season. Both Brown and Cleveland will revert to the practice squad after the game.

Ford, who suffered his knee injury in the second half against Pittsburgh, must miss at least the next three games.

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