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Broncos Acquire Laurence Maroney; Adjust Practice Squad

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The Denver Broncos on Tuesday acquired running back Laurence Maroney and an undisclosed pick in the 2011 NFL Draft from the New England Patriots in exchange for an undisclosed choice in the 2011 NFL Draft, it was announced.

The trade is pending Maroney passing a physical.

Maroney (5-foot-11, 220 pounds) is a fifth-year player who spent his first four NFL seasons with New England, which selected him in the first round (26th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Minnesota.

He has played 45 career regular-season games (14 starts), totaling 582 rushes for 2,430 yards (4.2 avg) with 21 touchdowns along with 40 receptions for 409 yards (10.2 avg.) with one touchdown. He also has recorded 41 kickoff returns for 1,062 yards (25.9 avg).

In seven career postseason contests (2 starts), he has registered 93 carries for 369 yards (4.0 avg.) with three touchdowns, six receptions for 67 yards (11.2 avg.) and 12 kickoff returns for 257 yards (21.4 avg.).

He has seven career 100-yard rushing games (regular season and postseason) to his credit and four contests with multiple rushing touchdowns.

Last season with the Patriots, Maroney scored a career-high nine rushing touchdowns while rushing 194 times for 757 yards (3.9 avg.) and adding 14 receptions for 99 yards (7.1 avg.).

He rushed for a career-high 835 yards on 185 carries (4.5 avg.) with six touchdowns during the 2007 season. He finished the year with 100 rushing yards or more in four of his final six games. 

One of three players in Big Ten Conference history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of their first three seasons, he finished his career Minnesota ranked second on the Gophers' all-time career rushing list with 3,933 yards and 32 touchdowns on 660 attempts (6.0 avg.).

A four-time All-Conference selection at Normandy High School in St. Louis, he was born on Feb. 15, 1985.

The Broncos also made a couple moves to their practice squad on Tuesday when they signed linebacker Titus Brown and defensive lineman Jeff Stehle to their practice squad, it was announced.

The club waived linebacker Worrell Williams from its practice squad.

Brown (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) is a third-year player who spent the previous two years with Cleveland, playing five games (0 starts) after signing with the Browns as a college free agent from Mississippi State University in 2008.

A four-year letterman for the Bulldogs, he played 44 games (30 starts) and totaled 170 tackles, 18.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his collegiate career.

 Brown attended Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and was born on March 27, 1986.

Jeff Stehle (6-foot-6, 310 pounds) is a rookie defensive lineman who was originally signed by the Broncos as a college free agent from the University of Wisconsin on April 26, before being waived on Sept. 4.

He played three games for Denver during the preseason and totaled seven tackles (4 solo) and a pass defensed.