WARE, WEBSTER PLACED ON IR
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.
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.
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.”