ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In a move that will bolster their depth at running back, the Broncos have signed Damarea Crockett to the active roster from the team's practice squad.
Crockett, a first-year player out of Missouri, has appeared in eight games for the Broncos this season, either during his previous month-long stint on the active roster or when he was elevated from the practice squad for select games. In those eight games, Crockett played on 64 percent of Denver's special-teams snaps. He did receive four offensive snaps during the Broncos' Week 3 blowout win over the Jets and carried the ball three times for 7 yards.
The Broncos could be in need of the additional depth at running back with starter Melvin Gordon III listed as doubtful for the team's game against Kansas City on "Sunday Night Football." Gordon did not participate in any of the team's three practices during the week.
Head Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that if Gordon cannot play Sunday, rookie running back Javonte Williams would get the first start of his career. Crocket joins Williams, Gordon and Mike Boone at the position on the active roster.
In a corresponding roster move, the team waived second-year wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. A 2020 seventh-round pick by the Broncos, Cleveland has appeared in six games in 2021 and made four total tackles on special teams.
UPDATE [2:33 p.m. MT]: Melvin Gordon III was downgraded to out, which means Williams, Boone and Crockett would be the team's available running backs for Sunday.