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Denver Broncos Promote WR Kalif Raymond to Active Roster

It looks like Jordan Norwood's miscue may have cost him his return duties.

As one rookie goes down, another rises from the depths of the practice squad.

Fullback Andy Janovich's season-ending trip to injured reserve has left an open spot on the 53-man roster. According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Denver Broncos have made the corresponding move and promoted wide receiver/returner Kalif Raymond to the active squad.

It's expected that Raymond will take over the punt return duties from Jordan Norwood, who muffed a punt during last Sunday night's 30-27 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Despite opening the Super Bowl record for longest punt return, Norwood has been generally ineffective returning punts all year, averaging 8.7 yards with a long of 17 yards and three fumbles.

Raymond joined the Broncos last spring as an undrafted rookie out of Holy Cross. During training camp, he gained some recognition for consistently being the first player on the field every morning. In four preseason games, Raymond had some success returning kickoffs, averaging 23.9 yards per return including a 41-yarder in the last game against the Arizona Cardinals. Punts were more of a challenge for him, averaging just five yards per return. He also caught two passes for five yards in a crowded receiver competition.

Now with the promotion of Raymond, the Broncos are carrying an incredible eight wide receivers on their 53-man roster. This Sunday at the Jacksonville Jaguars, it's likely that Bennie Fowler will be inactive with an injury along with Cody Latimer, who has spent three games as a game-time inactive this season.

Janovich was Denver's 2016 sixth round pick out of Nebraska. He started five games this year, rushing four times for 33 yards and a touchdown, as well as hauling in five receptions for 44 yards. Janovich also clocked 186 special-teams plays, and recorded two tackles. 

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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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