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Broncos Officially Cut Ernster. Nine Others

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday waived 10 players and placed wide receiver Rod Smith (left hip) on their reserve/physically unable to perform list, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

In addition, the club moved tackle Doug Nienhuis (knee) and cornerback Lamont Reid (pectoral) to its reserve/NFL-Europa injured list.

The transactions reduced Denver's roster to the NFL maximum 75-player limit. The Broncos' roster must be reduced to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. MDT.

Beginning Sunday, Denver can establish a practice squad of up to eight players.

The following 10 players were waived by the Broncos on Tuesday:

Player                                     NFL Exp.               College

RB Cedric Cobbs                          3                      Arkansas
P Paul Ernster                               3                      Northern Arizona
FB Troy Fleming                            3                      Tennessee
S Quentin Harris                            6                      Syracuse
TE Teyo Johnson*                         4                      Stanford
WR David Kircus                          4                      Grand Valley State
DE Kenard Lang                           11                     Miami (Fla.)
K Brandon Pace                            R                     Virginia Tech
WR David Terrell                           6                      Michigan
DT Demetrin Veal                          5                      Tennessee

* - Johnson was waived/injured and will revert to Denver's injured reserve list should he clear waivers.