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Broncos claim CB Mac McCain III off waivers from Eagles, sign CB Duke Dawson Jr. to the practice squad


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As the Broncos continue to evaluate their depth at cornerback, they added two familiar faces to their active roster and practice squad on Wednesday.

Mac McCain III, who competed as a member of the Broncos during the offseason and training camp as an undrafted free agent signing, rejoined the team as a member of the active roster after Denver claimed him off waivers from the Eagles. McCain was briefly a member of the Broncos' practice squad in September before being signed to Philadelphia's active roster on Sept. 7.

Before being waived by the Eagles on Tuesday, he had appeared in one game, playing 13 special teams snaps during Philadelphia's Week 3 game against the Cowboys.

The team also signed Duke Dawson Jr. to its practice squad. Dawson, a 2018 second-round pick by the Patriots, had been a Bronco since Denver acquired him in a 2019 trade. He appeared in 26 games for Denver, including four starts, before suffering a season-ending knee injury during a game against the Panthers in December of 2020.

Dawson spent the 2021 offseason and much of the regular season rehabbing on the Broncos' Physically Unable to Perform list. He was activated from the list on Monday before being waived on Tuesday.

In recent weeks, Denver has relied on its depth at cornerback after veteran nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 3. Rookie starter Pat Surtain II also suffered an injury during Sunday's win over Dallas, though it appears his outlook is not as serious.

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