ENGLEWOOD – As the Bronco players rested Monday, the upstairs football department at UCHealth Training Center was busy tweaking its roster both for now and the future.
Thin on cornerbacks following the injuries to Chris Harris Jr. and Tramaine Brock, the Broncos are bringing in veteran Jamar Taylor, who was recently cut by the Arizona Cardinals, a source told 9NEWS.
If Taylor passes his physical – and he should since he played as recently as week 11 against Oakland on November 18 – the source said the Broncos plan to sign him.
The Broncos also made several practice squad transactions and held a tryout for future considerations (or next year’s offseason roster) with 14 players Monday, including quarterbacks Nathan Peterman, Logan Woodside and Nic Shimonek.
As for the practice squad moves, the Broncos re-signed linebacker Alexander Johnson, who had been on the 53-man roster through the first 12 weeks of the season until he was waived Thursday.
The team lost practice squad running back Jeremy McNichols, who was signed away to the Tennessee Titans’ 53-man roster. To replace McNichols, the Broncos signed former Cal running back Khalfani Muhammad, who is smallish at 5-foot-7, 174 pounds – or almost ideally sized far as Phillip Lindsay and Denver’s new way of looking at running backs is concerned.
Taylor, a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2013, has primarily become a slot corner in recent years. Harris, who suffered a hairline fracture in his right fibula Sunday while playing against the Cincinnati Bengals, is one of the league’s best slot corners.
When Harris went down in the first quarter Sunday, the Broncos moved safety Justin Simmons down to play slot cornerback on at least 15 defensive snaps.
By all rights, Harris should be out six weeks because that’s how long it takes bone fractures to heal but he plans on coming back much sooner.
“My goal is three weeks, but they said four,’’ Harris said. “My goal is three weeks because I want to play against (the Chargers in the season finale).”
For now, the Broncos are not planning on putting Harris on season-ending injured reserve, so they would have to cut another player from their 53-man roster if they sign Taylor.
Besides Harris, the Broncos also played Sunday without the veteran Brock, who has a rib injury, and he will be questionable for the game this week at San Francisco.
Brock, 30, missed two other games earlier this season with a groin strain so the Broncos badly need depth at the cornerback position.
Bradley Roby is now the team’s No. 1 cornerback with rookie Isaac Yiadom upgraded to the No. 2 spot if Brock can’t play this Sunday against the 49ers. Roby, Yiadom and Brock are all outside corners, which is why the Broncos are bringing in Taylor.