NT KYLE PEKO PRO­MOTED TO AC­TIVE ROS­TER

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Nicki Jhab­vala, The Den­ver Post

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.

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