The Denver Broncos on Monday signed offensive lineman Jeff Byers, defensive lineman Lionel Dotson and running back Bruce Hall to their practice squad, it was announced.
Byers (6-foot-3, 301 pounds) is a rookie from the University of Southern California who entered the NFL as a college free agent with Seattle, which waived him on Saturday. A three-year starter at guard and center for the Trojans, Byers earned third-team All-America honors as a senior in 2009. He was a consensus All-American at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colo., and was born on Sept. 7, 1985.
Dotson (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is a third-year defensive lineman who spent his first two seasons with Miami, which waived him on Saturday. Selected by the Dolphins in the seventh round (245th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from the University of Arizona, Dotson has played four career games and owns three tackles (2 solo) in those contests. A two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference choice at the University of Arizona, Dotson finished his collegiate career with 121 tackles (73 solo) and 10.5 sacks in 40 games (32 starts). He was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a senior at Dobie High School in Houston and was born on Feb. 11, 1985.
Hall (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) is a second-year running back who spent the 2010 preseason with the Broncos, totaling a team-high 30 rushes for 88 yards along with the third-most receptions (12-73) on the team. He entered the NFL with Buffalo in 2008 as a college free agent from the University of Mississippi and spent his first two pro seasons with the Bills. Hall, who averaged 4.9 yards per carry (85-416) during two seasons at Mississippi, attended Milton High School in Orlando, Fla., and was born on March 18, 1985.