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Broncos release Cyrus Kouandjio with cornerback hurt

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his leg in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and the injury ended up costing offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio his spot on the active roster.

The Broncos hope Harris can return to the field this season, so he didn’t go on injured reserve. But since he can’t play, Denver needed some help in the secondary, and it signed six-year veteran Jamar Taylor on Tuesday. The cornerback played in 10 games, with three starts, for the Arizona Cardinals this season before being released on Nov. 19.

To make room for Taylor on the active roster, the Broncos waived Kouandjio.

The former Alabama standout had signed with Denver on Nov. 20 after left guard Max Garcia went to IR with a torn ACL.

Kouandjio made his 2018 debut with two offensive-snaps and four special-teams plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 25. Against the Bengals, Kouandjio was on the field for six offensive snaps and five special-teams plays.

This November was the second straight year that Kouandjio joined the Broncos in the 11th month. Kouandjio joined Denver the first time on Nov. 8, 2017.

Last year, Koaundjio played in three games, including starting the regular-season finale.

The Broncos released Kouandjio at the end of the preseason on Sept. 1 when they reduced their roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players.


Kouandjio played at Alabama during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons and was the left tackle on the Crimson Tide’s BCS national-championship team for the 2012 campaign.

A second-round pick by Buffalo in the 2014 draft, Kouandjio started seven games in three seasons for the Bills before being released on May 24, 2017. The Lions signed Kouandjio as a free agent on June 15, 2017, but he was released at the end of the preseason.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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