Broncos down to two quarterbacks

The Denver Broncos Monday waived quarterback Danny Kanell, and signed cornerback Roosevelt Williams, who spent training camp with the Chicago Bears before being released Sunday. In addition, the Broncos signed four players to their practice squad, including wide receivers Charlie Adams and Nate Jackson, running back Cecil Sapp and guard/center Chris Watton.

Denver coach Mike Shanahan talked about the decision to have just two quarterbacks, Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein, on the roster.

"I am not really concerned about it to be honest with you," Shanahan said. "When I was an assistant coach, we had two quarterbacks every year. I have been in the NFL for I don't know how long. I think it has been about 20 years and I have never been in the situation where I had to go to the third quarterback in a game."

Should the Broncos need an emergency quarterback to finish a game, Rod Smith would come in. If Jake Plummer or Steve Beuerlein were severely injured and could not perform in future games, the Broncos would sign another quarterback.

"In a case where we do lose a player (quarterback), we feel like we can get one of the three quarterbacks that have been with us,"said Shanahan.

Williams, 6-0, 196 pounds, joins the Broncos after being released by Chicago Sunday in the final cutdown of training camp. Entering his second season in the NFL, Williams played in 13 games last year as a rookie, making 11 tackles (7 solo), three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Originally drafted by the Bears in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Williams was a two-year starter at Tuskegee Institute, after transferring from Savannah State. He earned first-team All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors all four years, concluding his career with 61 passes defensed and 13 interceptions while making 97 tackles (74 solo) in 46 games. Williams, born Sept. 10, 1978 in Jacksonville, Fla, where he was a first-team all-city selection in both football and track at Terry Parker High School.

The four players added to the practice squad all spent training camp with the Broncos before being waived in the final cutdown. Denver can add one additional player to the practice squad.

Also, four players on the Broncos roster had numbers changes today: WR Adrian Madise now wears No. 82 (was 13), TE Mike Leach wears No. 83 (was 48), Darius Holland wears No. 90 (was 60) and Bryant McNeal wears No. 91 (was 90).

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