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Broncos make moves in advance of roster deadline

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- **The Broncos made their first moves in advance of Tuesday's 2 p.m. MDT deadline to trim the roster to 75 players. The club waived nine, released veteran ILB Reggie Walker and placed third-round pick Jeff Heuerman on injured reserve.

With those moves and the trade of OT Chris Clark to Houston pending a physical, Denver's roster now stands at 78 players.

TRADED
POSITIONPLAYEREXP.COLLEGE
OTChris Clark7Southern Mississippi
TERMINATED / VESTED VETERAN
POSITIONPLAYEREXP.COLLEGE
ILBReggie Walker7Kansas State
INJURED RESERVE (AS OF SEPT. 1)
POSITIONPLAYEREXP.COLLEGE
TEJeff HeuermanROhio State
WAIVED
POSITIONPLAYEREXP.COLLEGE
CBTevrin BrandonRMonmouth
GAndre DavisRBuffalo
TE/FBJoe Don DuncanRDixie State
QBZac Dysert2Miami (Ohio)
PSpencer Lanning3South Carolina
SRoss Madison1Toledo
TEJake Murphy1Utah
RBJeremy Stewart4Stanford
OLBChase Vaughn1CSU-Pueblo

NOTES ON THE ROSTER MOVES:

... Walker was signed in March after being a special-teams standout in San Diego, but was caught up in a deep group of inside linebackers that included two 2014 draft picks (Corey Nelson and Lamin Barrow) and two returning backups with starting experience who worked as the first-teamers during the offseason (Todd Davis and Steven Johnson) while Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall recovered from their surgeries.

Leaf through photos of the Broncos' roster, player by player, as sorted by position.

... The move of Heuerman to injured reserve came as no surprise. But the Broncos had to wait until the cut to 75 to move him there in order to avoid exposing him to waivers. Jacksonville made a similar move with first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. this weekend. Prior to the 75-man deadline, any non-vested veteran placed on injured reserve must go through waivers first. (By comparison, LT Ryan Clady is a vested veteran, and went to injured reserve shortly after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on May 27.) In 2010, the Broncos lost safety Josh Barrett to New England in that scenario after he suffered a training-camp injury. Heuerman will officially go on injured reserve Tuesday at 2 p.m. MDT.

... Dysert was in a battle for the No. 3 quarterback spot with rookie Trevor Siemian, but fell behind after struggling in third-quarter work in Seattle on Aug. 14. Dysert went 2-of-5 for 14 yards before Siemian took the reins of the offense in the final quarter of the Broncos' 22-20 win.

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... Duncan, a productive tight end at Dixie State, spent most of his time with the Broncos working at fullback. He had the lead block on Juwan Thompson's game-winning, 1-yard touchdown plunge against San Francisco on Saturday. The Broncos now have just one fullback/tight end on the roster: veteran James Casey.

... Duncan was one of three rookies waived, along with guard Andre Davis and CB Tevrin Brandon.

... Lanning, an Aug. 14 waiver claim was brought in to provide competition with Britton Colquitt, but Colquitt's strong preseason helped him hang onto the job.

... Stewart was caught in a crunch at running back. Although the Broncos did not add any rookies to supplement the position, the return of Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball from season-ending injuries pushed Stewart down the depth chart. Stewart played six games last year after joining the Broncos.

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