CLEVELAND — Ahead of their Thursday-night showdown with the Browns, the Broncos have chosen to elevate wide receiver John Brown and outside linebacker Pita Taumoepenu from the practice squad to the active roster.
Brown, an eight-year NFL veteran, was elevated for Denver's Week 6 game against the Raiders after joining the team just days before the game. He played just six snaps on offense and did not record any targets or receptions. The former Cardinals, Ravens and Bills receiver has caught 595 passes for 4,748 yards and 31 touchdowns in his career.
He could add to Denver's depth at the position with Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler still sidelined. Jeudy has practiced with the team since being designated for return on Oct. 16, but the team has yet to activate him.
Taumoepenu has competed with the team during the offseason and as a member of the practice squad at times since the start of the regular season. He has appeared in seven career NFL games since entering the league in 2017 as a sixth-round draft pick with the 49ers. If he appears in Thursday's game, it will be his first regular-season action since a Nov. 8, 2020 game as a member of the Falcons.