The Broncos placed defensive end Billy Winn on season-ending injured reserve and signed rookie defensive lineman Nelson Adams.
Adams, a 6-foot-3, 287-pound undrafted rookie out of Mississippi State, compiled 80 total tackles, four sacks, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery in his four years with the Bulldogs. He signed with the Steelers in May, but was cut last week.
Adams will bolster a Broncos line and a defense that has lost many to injuries already.
Winn, who re-signed with the Broncos in May, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Thursday’s preseason opener at Chicago and was ruled out for the remainder of the season. On the team’s preliminary depth chart, he was listed as their No. 2 nose tackle behind Domata Peko.
The No. 3 nose tackle, Kyle Peko, is recovering from a foot injury and on the physically unable to perform list.
The team is also temporarily without outside linebackers Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaquil Barrett (hips), who are both projected to return in the first few weeks of the regular season.
Ray recently had the stitches removed from his surgically repaired left wrist, allowing him to resume cardio workouts and training during his recovery. He is still aiming for a return early in the regular season.
“I think so. Everything is healing fine,” he said. “The doctor says my hand is healing well. My stitches, when they came out the scars looked good, so I’m just excited. I look at it as they gave me four extra weeks to train.”