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Broncos sign S Shamarko Thomas, place Jamal Carter on injured reserve


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Monday signed safety Shamarko Thomas and placed safety Jamal Carter on injured reserve, it was announced.

Thomas (5-9, 205 pounds) is a sixth-year player who has appeared in 60 career regular-season games (2 starts) and four postseason contests with Pittsburgh (2013-16) and Buffalo (2017). He was selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft from Syracuse University.

Thomas has totaled 24 tackles (16 solo), one forced fumble and one fumble return during his career to go along with 38 special-teams stops. He led the Bills in 2017 with nine special-teams tackles in 12 games played.

An All-Big East First Team selection following his senior year in 2012, Thomas most recently competed in training camp with Indianapolis before being released on Aug. 11.

Thomas was born on Feb. 23, 1991, in Virginia Beach, Va. He will wear No. 47 (linebacker Josey Jewell has switched to No. 59).

Carter played all 16 games with the Broncos as rookie in 2017 after making the team out of training camp as a college free agent from the University of Miami. He contributed eight tackles (6 solo), one pass defensed and three special-teams stops.

But as he started his second season on Saturday night, Carter tore his hamstring.

"Jamal is done for the season," Head Coach Vance Joseph said Monday. "He tore his hamstring from the bone, so he's done for the season. He's going to IR."

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