WARE, WEB­STER PLACED ON IR

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The Bron­cos made mul­ti­ple ros­ter moves on the ac­tive ros­ter and prac­tice squad Wed­nes­day ahead of their reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale against Oak­land.

Out­side line­backer DeMar­cus Ware (back) and cor­ner­back Kayvon Web­ster (con­cus­sion) were placed on in­jured re­serve, end­ing their sea­sons early. Web­ster was carted off the field af­ter get­ting flat­tened dur­ing a Bron­cos’ kick­off in the sec­ond quar­ter of their loss at Kansas City.

To fill their spots, the Bron­cos pro­moted cor­ner­back Tau­rean Nixon and de­fen­sive tackle Kyle Peko.

The Bron­cos also added de­fen­sive end Iosia Iosia, wide re­ceiver Hunter Sharpe and of­fen­sive line­man Reese Dis­mukes added to the prac­tice squad.

Iosia, a 6-foot-5, 297-pound rookie, signed with Ten­nessee as a col­lege free agent out of West Texas A&M and played with Ari­zona dur­ing the pre­sea­son.

Sharpe (5-11, 198 pounds), a col­lege free agent out of Utah State, played with the Ea­gles dur­ing the 2016 pre­sea­son.

And Dis­mukes (6-3, 300 pounds), also a rookie, signed with the Steel­ers af­ter go­ing un­drafted and com­peted with the Pan­thers in the 2016 pre­sea­son.

In­jury up­dates.

Tight end Vir­gil Green missed last Sun­day’s game at Kansas City be­cause of a con­cus­sion, but re­joined the Bron­cos for their walk­through Wed­nes­day and was listed as a lim­ited par­tic­i­pant.

“I would say, with­out get­ting too far ahead of my­self, that Vir­gil has an ex­cel­lent chance to get there Sun­day,” coach Gary Ku­biak said. “We’ll have to see how he does day to day.”

In­side line­backer Bran­don Mar­shall was also lim­ited Wed­nes­day af­ter miss­ing three games with a ham­string strain.

“He did a lit­tle bit to­day,” Ku­biak said. “We were kind of in a jog-through mode. He did do a lit­tle bit, so that’s en­cour­ag­ing. That’s his first time out in a while.”

Tight end A.J. Derby and safety T.J. Ward, both of whom missed the last game be­cause of con­cus­sions, did not par­tic­i­pate in the walk­through.

De­fen­sive mo­ti­va­tion.

Bron­cos cor­ner­back Chris Har­ris said one of the big­gest goals for the de­fense next sea­son will be to im­prove its play against the run. The Bron­cos rank 29th in the NFL with 135.2 yards rush­ing al­lowed per game. Last sea­son they ranked third, hav­ing al­lowed only 83.6 yards per game.

“We’re prob­a­bly the low­est we’ve been since I’ve been here in the run de­fense,” Har­ris said. “We’re still a top-5 de­fense over­all, but that’s not what we want. We want to be No. 1.”

With one game left, against Oak­land, the Bron­cos lead the league with only 187.2 pass­ing yards al­lowed per game, an im­prove­ment over last year’s topranked 199.6 yards.

“Es­pe­cially us in the sec­ondary, we want to fin­ish the sea­son with the No. 1 pass de­fense,” Har­ris said. “We want to def­i­nitely fin­ish strongly and keep that as one of our goals.”

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