NT KYLE PEKO PROMOTED TO ACTIVE ROSTER
The Kyle Peko roller-coaster continues.
The second-year nose tackle was promoted to the Broncos’ active roster Saturday after spending a week on the practice squad. To clear a spot for him, the Broncos waived undrafted rookie Tyrique Jarrett.
Since Sept. 2, Peko has been cut, signed to the active roster, waived again, signed to the practice squad and, now, elevated to the active roster.
Peko missed most of the offseason and training camp after suffering a fracture in his foot that required surgery. He returned to the field in time to prep for the Chargers, but the Broncos’ defensive line has dealt with myriad other health issues.
The line earlier lost Billy Winn to a season-ending knee injury and was briefly without Derek Wolfe because of an ankle injury. Defensive end Zach Kerr suffered a knee injury in the third preseason game and was held out of the opener. He is questionable to play Sunday. And Friday, the team signed veteran Ahtyba Rubin and placed defensive end Jared Crick on injured reserve with a back injury.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he wasn’t sure if Rubin would play against the Cowboys, but expects him to catch up quickly since he has played in a similar system in the past.
“With our D-line, very quickly,” Joseph said. “We’re an under-front football team. His job won’t change whether he is a shade in between a center and guard or between the tackle and the tight end. So, hopefully, really quickly.”
The Broncos’ latest defensive line shuffle leaves them with Domata Peko as the anchor at nose tackle and his cousin Kyle Peko as his backup. At end, Wolfe could be joined by either Kerr (if healthy), Shelby Harris or Adam Gotsis.
Leary cleared. The Broncos announced Saturday afternoon that right guard Ron Leary cleared the concussion protocol but will formally remain as questionable to play Sunday.
Leary suffered the concussion against the Chargers and, though he attended practice throughout the week, did not participate in the workouts.
Although his game status remains the same, his clearance allows him to play Sunday.
Super Bowlen. Pat Bowlen’s family and the Broncos raised nearly $100,000 for Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Denver’s City Park. The Bowlens, along with Bronco players, coaches and staff, raised nearly $50,000, and the team matched.
Bowlen’s family, including his wife, Annabel, were joined by more than 70 Broncos employees at Saturday’s walk to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and support programs.
Sloter time. The Minnesota Vikings announced they promoted former Broncos quarterback Kyle Sloter to their active roster as Sam Bradford remains questionable with a knee injury. Sloter was signed to the Vikings’ practice squad after failing to make the Broncos’ active roster.