Denver’s players got the day off on Tuesday, but three of them will not be back at practice when Wednesday arrives, as the Broncos released wide receiver Brian Clark, defensive back Curome Cox and defensive tackle Amon Gordon.
Gordon had tumbled down the depth chart in recent weeks. After becoming a first-teamer in the preseason and starting the first three regular-season games, he was deactivated for four of thes next five contests, including all three after the Week 6 bye last month. Gordon logged five tackles in games against the Bills and Jaguars and ended up with 16 total tackles in his four games this year, but did not log a sack.
Clark, meanwhile, was waived for the second time this season. The team placed him on waivers on Sept. 29 — one day before the Colts game — then brought him back on Oct. 2 when it waived Domenik Hixon. Clark then played in each of the next four games, catching four passes for 23 yards and returning three kickoffs for 70 yards. He did, however, fumble twice — once on a kickoff return against San Diego and again while stretching out to try and score a last-minute touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
Cox, meanwhile, was inactive for the first time this season on Sunday at Detroit. He played in 36 games — starting five — over the last three years for the Broncos, logging 26 total tackles, a pair of interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 10 passes defensed.
Denver also moved defensive end Jarvis Moss to injured reserve; he fractured his right fibula and tore ankle ligaments in practice last week.
The Broncos filled the roster vacancies by signing wide receiver Taylor Jacobs, a former No. 2 pick of the Washington Redskins in 2003, and three defensive ends — ex-Atlanta Falcons Josh Mallard and Paul Carrington and Larry Birdine, who was most recently on the Titans’ practice squad.
Carrington was waived from the Falcons on Sept. 1, while Mallard was waived from there on Oct. 13. Both Carrington and Mallard played last year in Atlanta under current Broncos defensive-line coach Bill Johnson.