For the second consecutive Tuesday, the Broncos shuffled the deck on their defensive line, although the changes were not nearly as numerous as they were a week ago.
In is defensive end Kenny Peterson, who was released last month after serving a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s steroid and related substances policy, and out is defensive tackle Antwon Burton, who saw action in seven of the Broncos’ first nine games this season, logging five solo tackles and three assists.
Peterson first joined the Broncos last Oct. 11 and played in three 2006 games, logging a tackle and an assist.
With the addition of Peterson, the Broncos now have seven defensive ends on the 53-man roster, as he joins Elvis Dumervil, John Engleberger, Tim Crowder, Larry Birdine, Paul Carrington and Josh Mallard. Mallard is listed as a defensive tackle on the depth chart, but lined up at both tackle and end in Sunday’s 27-11 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Denver also filled the practice-squad vacancy created by the Saturday promotion of Darrell Hackney to the 53-man roster by signing tight end Chad Upshaw, most recently of the Carolina Panthers.
Upshaw, who becomes the first product of the University at Buffalo to join the Broncos in the regular season, was with the Panthers on their practice squad for the first week of the regular season after joining them as a college free agent on May 4. The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder had 35 catches for 419 yards as a senior last fall and is the son of San Francisco Giants first-base coach Willie Upshaw, who is best known for his 10 years as an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter with the Toronto Blue Jays. He also spent a year with the Cleveland Indians. Chad Upshaw also has a fairly notable football cousin — Hall of Famer and NFLPA majordomo Gene Upshaw.