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Broncos Release Sapp and Pierce After Reaching Injury Settlements

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The Denver Broncos on Thursday waived tight end Brett Pierce and released fullback Cecil Sapp after reaching injury settlements with the players, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Pierce, a third-year player, was designated waived/injured (left ankle) by Denver on Saturday. He joined the Broncos as a future-contract signee on Dec. 31.

Sapp, a sixth-year player, was placed on injured reserve (left hip flexor) by the Broncos on Saturday. In 49 career games (9 starts) with the Broncos, he posted 49 rushes for 223 yards (4.6 avg.) with two touchdowns, 24 receptions for 102 yards (4.3 avg.) with one score and nine kickoff returns for 187 yards (20.8 avg.).

Sapp joined the Broncos as a college free agent from Colorado State University on May 8, 2003.