Roster cuts near

In twenty-four hours the Denver Broncos will trim their roster from 90-65 players, as mandated by league rules. Broncos Update Columnist Schon takes a look at some of those expected to be released.

It's still twenty-four hours before the Denver Broncos make their initial roster cut from 90-65 players, but the writing on the wall for some of the hopefuls is starting to become clear.

Brandon Kennedy, younger brother of Kenoy Kennedy took the news pretty hard, according to Kenoy, who acknowledged his brother had been cut.

Others cuts are not yet official, but are none the less expected. Those include quarterbacks Mike Quinn, who failed to move past Matt Mauck for the third position, and former CSU Rams standout Bradlee Van Pelt. Van Pelt will probably survive Tuesday's cuts, and should see some time during the Broncos final preseason game against Arizona this Thursday night, but will more than likely be retained to the teams practice squad, which will now consist of eight players, for the upcoming season.

Others facing probable cuts include running back Santonio Beard, safety Ron Israel, newly acquired linebacker Riall Johnson, tight end O.J. Santiago, defensive tackle Luis Almanzar, and tackle Cornell Green.

Those on the bubble, expected to possibly survive the initial cut but not expected to survive the final roster's cutdown include, tackle Jamain Stephens, offensive guard Tyler Lenda, wide receiver Atnaf Harris and cornerback Scott Turner.

Thirteen-year veteran Jimmy Spencer, who also acted as the teams' Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, has decided to concentrate solely on his coaching duties and retire from playing cornerback, putting an end to a storied career that included stints with the New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos.

Spencer made the decision after meeting with head coach Mike Shanahan on Saturday.

Running back B.J. Johnson and cornerback Jermaine Chatman were placed on season-ending injured reserve. Johnson missed a majority of training camp with an ankle injury and Chatman has an injured left hand.

Broncos Update will publish a full list of all roster cuts once the official announcement is made on Tuesday at 2:00.


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