ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed free-agent linebacker Josh Buhl to their practice squad.
Additionally, the team placed rookie kicker/punter Paul Ernster on the practice squad/injured list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.
Buhl (6-0, 210 pounds), is a first-year player who was out of football after Tampa Bay waived him in its final roster cutdown on Sept. 3. The 24-year-old, who entered the NFL in 2004 with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent from Kansas State University, also competed in NFL Europe this year.
After spending his rookie season out of the NFL once Cleveland waived him Aug. 30, 2004, Buhl signed a future contract with Baltimore on Jan. 14. He was waived by the Ravens on March 23 and joined Tampa Bay on March 29.
The Buccaneers allocated Buhl to NFL Europe, where he played four games for the Rhein Fire. Following the season, he was selected to play for Amsterdam in World Bowl XIII and made two special-teams tackles in its 27-21 win against Berlin that marked the Admirals' first-ever NFL Europe championship.
A three-time All-Big 12 Conference selection at Kansas State, Buhl was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) and received second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press as a senior in 2003. Buhl led all NCAA Division I-A players with 184 tackles (12.3 per game) in 2003, and his 398 career tackles ranked fourth in Kansas State's history and sixth in Big 12 annals.
Buhl attended Mesquite North High School in Mesquite, Texas, where he was a USA Today honorable mention All-USA choice in football. Josh Buhl was born May 4, 1981, in Mesquite, Texas.
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