The Broncos parted ways with their third-string quarterback due to injuries at tight end. Denver waived Austin Davis to bring up Henry Krieger-Coble from their practice squad, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post tweets.
Davis signed with the Broncos just before the season, doing so just after the team cut Mark Sanchez. The former Rams starter has not played in a game this season, serving as the No. 3 man behind Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. He did dress for two, however, when Siemian was sidelined. The defending Super Bowl champions signed Davis for $1.25MM this season, and although another $200K in playing-time incentives was available if he took 50% of the snaps, he obviously didn’t come close to that.
The 27-year-old quarterback will venture onto the waiver wire, so it’s possible he could return after this week’s game. He made 10 starts between the 2014 and ’15 seasons but did not have a path to a backup job in Denver, particularly after news the Broncos are strongly considering staying with Siemian in 2017 emerged earlier this week.
Denver saw both of its top two tight ends, Virgil Green and A.J. Derby, suffer concussions. Both are still in the protocol and will not be available against the Chiefs on Sunday, joining Brandon Marshall and T.J. Ward in that regard. Jeff Heuerman (four receptions, 88 yards this season) will serve as the Broncos’ starting tight end, with Krieger-Coble being a backup in Kansas City. A rookie UDFA out of Iowa, Kreiger-Coble has not played in a game this season.
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