Broncos release guard Dan Neil

The Denver Broncos have released veteran guard Dan Neil, but the door's not shut on him.

Neil, 6-2, 285 pounds, played in 108 career games (104 starts) in eight years with the Broncos after the team drafted him in the third round (67th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft from the University of Texas. He started every game he played from 1998-2003 (92 games) before knee and abdomen injuries slowed him in 2004, forcing him to miss Denver's final three regular-season games and its AFC Wild Card contest.

"Dan's done a great job for us since he's been here," said head coach Mike Shanahan. "He's a fierce competitor. The only thing that really slowed him down was injuries. It's not the end of the line. He's going to go out and test the market and he could wind up being back here."

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