CENTENNIAL, Colo. - After 22 transactions, the Broncos have reached the league-mandated, 53-player limit with just five days remaining until their season kicks off against Baltimore.
Saturday, the team announced that running back Lance Ball, center/guard C.J. Davis, running back Jeremiah Johnson, center/guard Ryan Lilja and tight end Jake O'Connell were released as vested veterans.
Defensive end Jeremy Beal, center/guard Philip Blake, tackle Paul Cornick, defensive tackles Romney Fuga and Ben Garland, cornerback Aaron Hester, linebacker Damien Holmes, wide receiver Tavarres King, tackle Vinston Painter, safety Ross Rasner, wide receivers Gerell Robinson and Lamaar Thomas and defensive end John Youboty were all waived.
Three 2013 NFL Draft picks were included in the weekend's transactions -- King (fifth round) and Painter (sixth round) were waived, while Smith (fifth round) will miss the season with an injury.
On Sunday, the Broncos can establish a practice squad of up to eight players beginning at 10 a.m. MDT.