Quentin Griffin is back

Free Agent running back Quentin Griffin was resigned by the Denver Bronocos earlier this afternoon, according to head coach Mike Shanahan. To make room on the roster for Griffin, kicker Paul Ernster has been waived, as well as practice squad quarterback Kliff Kingsbury.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday re-signed free-agent running back Quentin Griffin.

Additionally, the Broncos waived kicker/punter Paul Ernster from their active roster and released quarterback Kliff Kingsbury from their practice squad.

Griffin (5-7, 195 pounds) is a third-year player who had been out of football since Denver waived him in its final roster cutdown Sept. 3. He played his first two NFL seasons with the Broncos after they selected him in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft.

The 24-year-old has appeared in 16 career regular-season games (5 starts) and totaled 179 rushing attempts for 656 yards (3.7 avg.) with two touchdowns. He also has caught 18 passes for 129 yards (7.2 avg.) with one touchdown and returned four kicks, all in 2004, for 52 yards (13.0 avg.).

In 2004, Griffin played six games (4 starts) for Denver and recorded 311 rushing yards on 85 carries (3.7 avg.) with two touchdowns before he was placed on injured reserve Oct. 27 with a right knee injury. His career-best 156 rushing yards against Kansas City (9/12/04) marked the highest total ever posted by a Bronco in a season opener, and he added three touchdowns (2 rush, 1 rec.) in that contest.

Griffin gained 345 yards on 94 carries (3.7 avg.) in 10 games (1 start) as a rookie in 2003. He had 136 rushing yards at Indianapolis (12/21/03) to mark the first 100-yard game of his career and his best rushing output of the season.

A three-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, Griffin finished his career with the Sooners ranked fourth in school history in career rushing yards (3,756) and third in both touchdowns (44) and receptions (146). He earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference accolades as a senior and also was voted first-team all-conference by the Associated Press as a sophomore after helping Oklahoma win the national championship.

Griffin, who attended Aldine-Nimitz High School in Aldine, Texas, was born Jan. 12, 1981, in Houston.

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