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Broncos sign ILB Avery Williamson and WR Josh Malone to practice squad


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have signed inside linebacker Avery Williamson and wide receiver Josh Malone to their practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

Denver also released guard/center Harry Crider and cornerback Rojesterman Farris from its practice squad in corresponding moves.

Williamson, an eighth-year player, was drafted in the fifth round by the Titans in 2014. He has started 85 career games and appeared in 94 contests, recording four interceptions, 17 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 15.5 sacks, 607 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hits.

He started 10 games in 2020 — six for the Jets and four for the Steelers — and notched an interception, three passes defensed, one sack, 111 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback hits.

Williamson made 59 consecutive starts for the Titans and Jets between 2015 and the end of the 2018 season. He was traded to the Steelers in November of 2020.

Williamson could provide depth with Josey Jewell out for the season and Jonas Griffith on injured reserve. Baron Browning was also inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens after he did not practice Friday with a back injury.

Malone, a 2017 fourth-round pick by the Bengals, has appeared in 26 career games and started seven contests during his career. He has tallied 11 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown during those opportunities.

He last appeared in a regular-season game in 2020, when he caught four passes for 16 yards for the Jets.

Malone also returned kicks for the Jets, averaging 20 yards per return with a long of 40 yards.

Wide receiver Diontae Spencer was knocked out of the Broncos' game against the Ravens with a chest injury and is considered day to day. Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler are both on IR for the Broncos.

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