Denver Broncos Add OL Sam Carlson, Waive Marlon Brown
Well that was quick. The reunion between head coach Gary Kubiak and wide receiver Marlon Brown is officially over as the former Ravens monster of a receiver was waived Thursday morning by the Denver Broncos in order to clear room for the undrafted rookie tackle Sam Carlson who was previously with the Titans.
Carlson, and undrafted free agent who was waived by the Titans on July 29th, adds another body to the offensive line that is currently feeling the wrath of a few nagging injuries. Both starting guards Ty Sambrailo and Max Garcia sat out Wednesday’s practice session with some minor injuries, so it would only make sense to bring in another camp body to fill in while those two recover. The addition of Carlson
also means the Broncos now have four former CSU Rams on the squad, as they already employ the likes of Shaq Barrett, Ty Sambrailo and Kapri Bibbs. Carlson will undoubtedly be a longshot to make the final 53-man roster, but if he impresses could be kept around on the practice squad.
As for Brown, who is an impressive physical specimen and already familiar with Gary Kubiak’s scheme from their time together in Baltimore, he just couldn’t shake the recurring back issues that plagued him last season with the Ravens, and ultimately led to his release. Brown flashed during the first few days at camp, but missed Monday’s session, as well as practice yesterday after the back issues came rushing back. Kubiak had this to say after yesterdays practice:
"“We’re having his back evaluated. Obviously that was the problem last year. I think we saw enough to know that Marlon could really be a factor and help this football team. What we’re trying to do is find out why his back continues to flare up on him. Hopefully we’ll have some answers here in a couple of days.”"
With the injury issues on the offensive line, and the unbelievable depth the Broncos already have at the wide receiver position, the Broncos clearly felt that Brown wasn’t going to be able to shake these back issues that have plagued him for over a year, and felt it necessary to add depth to that offensive line.
This is a move that probably won’t end up affecting the final 53-man roster at the end of the day, as Marlon Brown was probably a longshot to make the team anyways. For Carlson, it’ll bear watching if he can flash enough for the Broncos to bring him back onto the practice squad, but he has to be consider a heavy underdog to make it through the final cuts.
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