Ferguson on IR, Chukwurah signed

The Broncos have placed safety Nick Ferguson on the reserve/injured list, and signed linebacker Patrick Chukwurah. In addition, the team waived linebacker Louis Green from the practice squad, and brought back fullback Kyle Johnson.

Ferguson suffered a fractured left forearm in the third quarter of Denver's win over Indianapolis Sunday. The fourth-year safety out of Georgia Tech, has seen action in all 15 games, starting 10, and ranks third on the team with 72 tackles (58 solo), including one sack (-13), three pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He also is tied for fourth on the team with 12 special teams tackles. Ferguson made four starts at strong safety (vs. Det., 9/28; at K.C., 10/5; vs. Pit., 10/12; and at Min., 10/19) in place of Kenoy Kennedy (ankle) and then started six consecutive games at free safety (vs. S.D., 11/16; vs. Chi., 11/23; at Oak., 11/30, vs. K.C., 12/7, vs. Cle., 12/14 and at Ind., 12/21) before his season-ending injury.

Chukwurah, 6-1, 250 pounds, was out of the NFL after being waived by Houston in training camp. He joined the Texans this past offseason when he was claimed off waivers from Minnesota (3/1). In two seasons with the Vikings, Chukwurah played in 27 career games (5 starts) and made 23 total tackles (12 solo), 2.5 sacks for 25 yards, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed. He was originally drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.

A three-year starter Wyoming, Chukwurah recorded 245 tackles with 27 sacks and 47 tackles for loss in 45 career games. He earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior, racking up 100 tackles and seven sacks, and led the conference with 19 tackles for loss. Chukwurah was an honorable-mention all-state defensive end/outside linebacker as a senior at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, and also named first-team all-district. He was born Patrick Chukwurah on Mar. 1, 1979, in Nigeria.

Johnson, 25, returns to the Broncos for his third stint on the team's practice squad this season. He was signed by the Broncos on Sept. 10 and spent one week on the practice squad, after being waived by the Broncos in training camp (8/26). He later rejoined the team (10/14), and spent a month on the squad before being released Nov. 18. The 6-0, 242-pound fullback came to Denver as a free agent on Dec. 11, 2002 from Detroit's practice squad, but was inactive for Denver's final three games.

In his second year in the NFL after being selected in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2002 draft by the Carolina Panthers, Johnson was waived by the Panthers in the final cutdown (9/1, 2002), and was signed to the New York Giants practice squad (9/3). After the Giants waived him on Oct. 24, he signed with Detroit's practice squad (11/13).

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