ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos’ decision-makers will arrive to work Saturday morning with some work still to be done to get the team’s roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET.
They have at least 13 additional players to release before the deadline and will scour the transaction wire as well to see if any of the players who have been sent into the open market are better than those they have. The will pay particular attention to returners as well as other players who can fill special teams roles.
According to a variety of team and league sources, as well as the players’ own Twitter accounts, the Broncos released or waived at least seven players Friday.
Guard Ryan Miller, who was one of the most decorated prep players in Colorado history, was waived. The Broncos also released linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive tackle Sione Fua -- who signed with the Broncos last November and appeared in one game -- fourth-year defensive back Jerome Murphy, rookie cornerback Jordan Sullen, tight end Cameron Morrah and tight end Jameson Konz.
The Broncos have made no formal announcement of the roster moves.
The Broncos will also place kicker Matt Prater on reserve/suspended -- he will miss the first four games due to violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy -- and undrafted rookie defensive end Kenny Anunike, who suffered an elbow injury in the second half of Thursday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason finale, is expected to be placed on injured reserve.
Anunike was evaluated by the team's medical staff Friday. The Broncos were expected to sign Anunike to the practice squad. It is the second consecutive season the Broncos have had an undrafted rookie they wanted to keep in some fashion suffer an injury in the preseason finale.
Last season it was linebacker Lerentee McCray, who was expected to make the 53-man roster before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the preseason finale and spending the season on injured reserve. McCray is expected to be among the linebackers the team keeps this time around.
All of those moves would put the Broncos roster at 64 players with at least 11 more having to be released Saturday morning. Even some of those players on the back end of the roster who survive this cut-down won’t be able to relax much if the Broncos add a player or two on Sunday or Monday who have been released elsewhere.