ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A day after placing Josey Jewell on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, the Broncos have added depth at the linebacking position.
Denver signed linebacker Micah Kiser off the Los Angeles Rams' practice squad, the team announced Wednesday.
The Broncos also promoted running back Damarea Crockett from the practice squad to the active roster and signed outside linebacker Pita Taumoepenu to the practice squad.
Denver also placed outside linebacker Bradley Chubb on IR.
Kiser, a former fifth-round pick by the Rams in 2018, has appeared in 26 games for the Rams during his four-year career. In 2020, Kiser started nine of the Rams' first 10 games at inside linebacker before he was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 12.
Kiser played for former Broncos outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley in 2020, who served as the Rams' defensive coordinator and has patterned his defense after Head Coach Vic Fangio's scheme. In those nine starts, Kiser tallied 77 tackles, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
The Virginia product was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week following his Week 2 performance in 2020, as he posted 15 total tackles and a forced fumble.
Kiser did not make the Rams' active roster in 2021, but he was elevated from the practice squad for the Rams' Week 2 game in Indianapolis. He played 65 percent of the Rams' special teams snaps in the win.
Crockett, who joined the Broncos' practice squad last season, was elevated to the game-day roster for each of the Broncos' first two games and contributed on special teams. Crockett went undrafted in 2020 after posting 2,252 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns for Missouri.
Taumoepenu competed with the Broncos this offseason and has seven games of NFL experience since entering the league as a sixth-round pick in 2017.
Chubb will undergo an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday to remove a bone spur in his ankle, and he hope to return from IR later this season.
The Broncos' active roster sits at the 53-player limit, while their practice squad is at the 16-player limit.