DENVER - Tight end Joel Dreessen was released by the Denver Broncos Tuesday. The team designated the eight-season veteran as "released/failed physical."
Dreessen, who played for Fort Morgan High School in Colorado and Colorado State University, spent five seasons in Houston before being signed by Denver as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. He did not play in 2006, but spent 2005 with the New York Jets who drafted him in the sixth round.
Dreessen has appeared in 29 regular-season games wearing a Broncos uniform. In those games he totaled 48 receptions for 403 yards and six touchdowns.
"While disappointed I won't be a part of the 2014 Broncos, I am looking forward to watching them. It's going to be a special season," Dreessen tweeted.
He has suffered from a knee injury and said Tuesday that the team "literally explored every possible option to get" him healthy.
Thank u to everyone for all of the twitter support. Unfortunately my knee just refuses to cooperate at this time.— JoelDreessen (@JoelDreessen) July 22, 2014