UPDATED: Carswell and Van Pelt to be released

Broncos Update has confirmed that offensive tackle/tight end Dwayne Carswell and backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt have become the first casualties of the Denver Broncos madatory cuts.

Although nothing has been officially announced, Broncos Update has confirmed that the team will release offensive tackle Dwayne Carswell and backup quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt.

Carswell, a twelve-year veteran, originally signed with the Broncos in 1994 as a rookie free agent out of Liberty. His 2005 season was cut short when he was involved in a serious auto accident last October near the Broncos training complex at Dove Valley.

At the time of the accident, many wondered if the former Pro Bowler would be able to live a normal life again, let alone return to the NFL.

Van Pelt, former standout at Colorado State, found himself expendable when the Broncos traded up to select Jay Cutler in this year's draft.

Initially listed as number two on the depth chart, Van Pelt struggled with the second team unit and was quickly replaced by Cutler, who ended up with tremendous preseason numbers in his new position.

According to his agent Matt Brei, Van Pelt was informed of the release Friday afternoon after the team had long debated keeping three quarterbacks on the roster this year.

"Of course you're disappointed," Brei told reporters. "If we said we were surprised we'd probably be fooling ourselves. They've been carrying two quarterbacks the past few years. When you do the math, if they kept two you know who the odd guy out was going to be." Others that appear to be gone are kicker Micah Knoor and offensive lineman Taylor Whitley. Both left Broncos training facilities with their belongings, without speaking to the media.

Denver has until 2:00pm today to trim their roster from 75 players to 53. Those released will become free agents if they are not claimed on waivers before Sunday afternoon.

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