ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --In need of help at safety because of injuries to T.J. Ward, David Bruton Jr. and Omar Bolden, the Broncos signed five-year veteran Shiloh Keo on Wednesday morning.
Keo fills the roster spot created by Tuesday's decision to waive QB Christian Ponder.
A four-year veteran, the 27-year-old Keo was most recently with the Bengals, who waived him at the end of the preseason this year. But all of his regular-season experience came with the Houston Texans, for whom he played 42 games, including 11 starts in 2013.
In his Texans tenure, Keo intercepted two passes and broke up seven others, including six in 2013, when he also had a career-high 63 tackles.
All of his Texans work came under then-defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, so he has extensive knowledge of the scheme the Broncos run. That should ease his transition, given the Broncos' pressing need at safety.
With Ward (ankle), Bruton (knee) and Bolden (hamstring) all dealing with their injuries, the Broncos were down to just two healthy safeties by the end of last Sunday's win over the Chargers: starter Darian Stewart and reserve Josh Bush, who was re-signed last week.
Cornerback Bradley Roby has seen some snaps at safety and is also an option there, but with Keo aboard, the Broncos can breathe a bit easier.