Jim Leonhard will have role in Denver

The Denver Broncos made a low-risk, high-reward signing in the form of safety Jim Leonhard on Saturday. The team didn’t announce terms, but has been reported that it is a one-year deal.

Leonhard is a tough, smart player who has been on some good defenses with the Jets and the Ravens. He adds depth to a position where second-year player Quinton Carter will miss the first two preseason games after having minor knee surgery. Right now, Denver’s starting safeties are Mike Adams and Rahim Moore. In addition to playing a big role on defense, Leonhard could also be in the mix to be Denver’s punt returner.

Leonhard has had trouble staying healthy. He has suffered season-ending injuries the past two years with the Jets.

In other AFC West news:

The Kansas City Star reported that veteran Ryan Lilja practiced some at center. That a starting guard would be doing this may mean two things: The Chiefs want Lilja to be ready if first-year starting center Rodney Hudson gets hurt and that rookie Jeff Allen would likely spell Lilja at guard if he slides to center.

A record crowd of 41,304 attended the Broncos’ scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday. It was the fourth different single-practice attendance record set this summer. The reason? The power of Peyton Manning.

The Denver Post reported that Broncos tight end Virgil Green had his NFL suspension reduced from four to three games.