Clifford Russell has been placed on injured reserve, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced Tuesday.
Russell suffered a sprained neck on a scary injury during the Broncos’ loss to the Chiefs Sunday, and he had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He did make it back to Denver on the team plane following the game after being cleared by doctors at a Kansas City medical facility.
To fill Russell’s roster spot, Shanahan also announced the re-signing of Glenn Martinez.
In 17 career games with Denver and Detroit, Martinez has posted 15 receptions for 186 yards. He also owns 14 career punt returns for 157 yards with one touchdown and 15 kickoff returns for 330 yards.
In Denver in 2007, Martinez was the team’s primary punt returner — he returned one for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.
He spent the 2008 offseason and training camp with the Broncos but didn’t make the final roster as the team trimmed down to the league-mandated 53-man limit.
Now he’s back in Dove Valley.