The Broncos have added safety Duke Ihenacho to the active roster, filling the spot vacated by linebacker Joe Mays’ move to injured reserve.
Ihenacho has been on and off of the team’s practice squad this season after notching six tackles during the 2012 preseason.
He was originally signed to the active roster on Sept. 29 and made his NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders, playing on eight special-teams snaps. He was waived and added back to the practice squad before the team’s Week 6 contest in San Diego.
A college free agent, Ihenacho made 268 tackles (142 solo) with seven interceptions during his 47-game career at San Jose State. He also scored three defensive touchdowns in his career, and became the first Spartan to earn three All-Western Athletic Conference First Team honors.
Filling Ihenacho’s spot on the practice squad is cornerback Mario Butler. Butler spent the 2011 season on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, and split time between the club’s practice squad and active roster this season.
The 6-foot-1, 187-pound cornerback was originally signed as a college free agent out of Georgia Tech by the Cowboys in 2011.