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Broncos Sign RB LenDale White, Waive Kolby Smith

The Denver Broncos have signed RB LenDale White.  To make room the team released RB Kolby Smith.  White has largely been a disappointment in the NFL, but provides the Broncos a talented, albeit troubled option at running back.  White, a Denver-native, played his college ball at USC before being drafted by the Tennessee Titans.

White (6-foot-1, 235 pounds) spent his first four NFL seasons with Tennessee, where he played 58 games (18 starts) and rushed for 2,349 yards on 628 carries (3.7 avg.) with 24 touchdowns. He also compiled 42 receptions for 204 yards (4.9 avg.). In two career postseason games, he totaled 34 carries for 114 yards (3.4 avg.) and five receptions for 32 yards (6.4 avg.). He was drafted by the Titans in the second round (45th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Southern California. 

In 39 games (11 starts) at USC, he rushed for 3,159 yards on 541 attempts (5.8) as he set school and Pac-10 Conference records with 57 total touchdowns (52 rushing).

He was a SuperPrep All-American at Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo., where he finished as Colorado's career prep rushing leader with 7,803 yards. He was born on Dec. 20, 1984 in Denver.

Ironically, White will miss the first 4 games of the season after violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.  Word of the suspension came down the same day White was released by the Seattle Seahawks and White's former college coach Pete Carroll.

What makes the move even more bizarre is the fact that Kolby Smith was taking reps with the first team offense as recently as this morning.  This move can't be considered one that affects the Broncos situation at running-back, not with the suspension, though it might provide the Broncos a different type of running back to use right now during their workouts.