ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** In the wake of injuries to Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie, the Broncos bolstered their receiving corps by signing Hunter Sharp to the active roster from the practice squad.
The move fills one of two open roster spots after the Broncos released nose tackle Atyhba Rubin and placed guard Billy Turner on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Sharp is a first-year wideout who originally joined the Broncos on Dec. 28, 2016, as a practice-squad signing. In preseason action, he recorded six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown.
To fill an open spot on the practice squad, the Broncos signed rookie wide receiver River Cracraft, who recently completed his recovery from a torn ACL.
Cracraft was a star wide receiver at Washington State, finishing his collegiate career second in school history in receptions (218) and sixth in receiving yards (2,701) and receiving touchdowns (20). He could have further added to those numbers, but the ACL tear last November ended his season early.
Cracraft went undrafted and unsigned on draft weekend, but he has continued to work on his recovery in recent months. He had been working out with former UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul as he prepared to return to football, The Seattle Times reported in September.
"I'm ready," Cracraft told the Times. "Tell the people."