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Broncos make series of roster transactions to reach 53-man limit


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have made a series of roster moves to reach the league-mandated 53-man limit, the team announced Tuesday.

The Broncos waived 22 players, released three players and made a pair of trades to help trim the roster to 53 players. Denver also placed cornerbacks Essang Bassey and Duke Dawson Jr. on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. Bassey and Dawson will not count against the active roster and will be eligible to return after six weeks of the regular season.

Denver released T Cam Fleming, CB Nate Hairston and DL Shamar Stephen and waived T Quinn Bailey, TE Shaun Beyer, WR Tyrie Cleveland, RB Damarea Crockett, TE Austin Fort, T Drew Himmelman, WR Kendall Hinton, DT Isaiah Mack, S Trey Marshall, CB Mac McCain III, CB Parnell Motley, WR De'Mornay Pierson-El, FB Adam Prentice, LB Curtis Robinson, QB Brett Rypien, G/C Austin Schlottmann, RB Stevie Scott III, CB Saivion Smith, DE Marquiss Spencer, OLB Derrek Tuszka, LB Barrington Wade and WR Seth Williams.

The Broncos also agreed to trade WR Trinity Benson to the Lions for 2022 fifth- and seventh-round picks and agreed to trade for linebacker Jonas Griffith from the 49ers.

Denver is able to form a 16-player practice squad, which can include six vested veterans, starting on Wednesday.

Here are the 53 players on the Broncos' initial active roster, from KJ Hamler to Mike Purcell.

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