Marshawn Lynch (24) is pursued by Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays (51) in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field. (Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos Release LB Joe Mays

The Denver Broncos released linebacker Joe Mays on Tuesday.

Mays started 21-of-24 regular season games during his three-year tenure with the team, but was placed on injured reserve last season when he fractured his fibula in week 8 against the New Orleans Saints.

Mays had 124 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 3 passes defensed with the Broncos. He was acquired in a trade (J.J. Arrington) with the Philadelphia Eagles. Taken in the 2008 draft (200th overall), Mays has seen action in 47 regular season games.

It’s a bit of a surprise that he was let go so soon. With Von Miller facing a possible four-game suspension, the Broncos need some depth at linebacker in practice.

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