CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Rookie Justin Simmons gathered up his stuff at his locker on Monday, taking a few seconds longer than normal. He wore a soft cast on his left wrist that required further examination, Simmons told Denver7. With Simmons hurting, though expected to play, the Broncos added depth Tuesday. They brought back safety Shiloh Keo and waived defensive lineman Kyle Peko.
Hopefully Keo didn't cancel his lease or forward his mail yet. The Broncos cut Keo on Saturday before he was eligible to return after serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. His suspension was traced to Keo pleading guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge, which led to the league's discipline on Aug. 12.
Keo ran second team during training camp, but became expendable with the development of Simmons and Will Parks. Simmons opened the season in a David Bruton role, needed in passing downs. He has played 69 snaps in two games, registering five tackles. Parks, however, has appeared on five snaps and made a mistake on a critical Colts running play last Sunday. Keo provides depth and experience. He struggled in his first two games with the Broncos last season before settling down during the playoffs.
Simmons expects to be able to play Sunday at Cincinnati, but his status figures to be clarified in practice this week, beginning on Wednesday. Simmons told Denver7 he hurt his wrist on a special teams play against the Colts. As written last Saturday, Keo was always a candidate to return if an injury arose. Coach Gary Kubiak hinted at the possibility Monday.
"First off, we think a lot of Shiloh. Our two young safeties have done a good job for us. Not only on the back end, but in the special teams area Simmons and Parks are doing a good job," Kubiak said. "I don’t think Shiloh will be out of work long. He’s a good player and a great kid. He did a good job for us."
Peko could join the Broncos practice squad. That's where he thought he was headed after the final preseason game. The Broncos told him he was cut, but changed their mind before turning in the paperwork. Peko, an undrafted free agent, was inactive for the first two games.