ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have elevate outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka and safety P.J. Locke from the practice squad to the active roster for Monday's game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced.
Under a new NFL rule, teams may elevate up to two practice squad players to their game-day roster per week. After the game, the two players can return to the practice squad without being exposed to waivers. Each player on the practice squad can follow these protocols twice. If they are elevated from the practice squad a third time, they must clear waivers to return to the practice squad after the game.
With Tuszka and Locke, the Broncos' game-day roster will consist of 55 players. The team is eligible to have as many as 48 players dress, provided that at least eight offensive linemen are active. The team will announce its inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff.
Tuszka should help provide depth alongside Bradley Chubb, Malik Reed and Jeremiah Attaochu, who are the other available outside linebackers for Monday's game. Von Miller remains on the active roster, but he was ruled out Saturday after undergoing potentially season-ending surgery on his ankle on Friday.
Locke, meanwhile, will be the Broncos' fourth safety on the active roster. Justin Simmons, Kareem Jackson and Trey Marshall were already on the team's 53-man roster.
The Broncos took steps earlier this week to make sure Tuszka and Locke could be available, if needed. A new practice squad rule permits teams to protect four players on their 16-man practice squad each week to prevent opponents from signing those players to their active rosters.