Broncos place right tackle Menelik Watson on season-ending injured reserve

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- With the Broncos saddled with 3-5 record and a four-game losing streak, change is inevitable. 

Wednesday marked a shift along the Broncos' offensive line. Right tackle Menelik Watson, who experienced a forgettable year after signing as a free agent, landed on the season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury. 

The Broncos signed tackle Cyrus Kouandjio for depth at the position. Kouandjio played for the Buffalo Bills for several seasons, but failed to make the Detroit Lions roster this summer. As it stands, the Broncos' options at right tackle include Donald Stephenson, who has been out for three weeks with a calf injury, Allen Barbre, a guard by trade who was overwhelmed outside against the Chargers, and rookie Elijah Wilkinson.

Watson signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal this offseason with $5.5 million guaranteed. He brought an edge, and tough mentality. However, the injuries that haunted his past resurfaced. Watson appeared uncomfortable physically, and struggled mightily in pass protection. 

Watson missed the Chargers game with a calf injury and part of the Giants' game. He joins tackle Billy Turner on the sideline as Turner's season-ended with a broken hand against New York. 


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