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Broncos sign RB Jeremy Stewart to practice squad

A former Oakland Raiders running back with 17 games of NFL and special teams experience joins the Denver Broncos practice squad.

Ezra Shaw

With Montee Ball out a month, the Denver Broncos have added to their running back depth - at least on the practice squad.

The Broncos on Wednesday signed running back Jeremy Stewart to their practice squad, the team announced.

Stewart (5-11, 215 pounds) is a third-year player who appeared in 17 games (0 starts) during his first two NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He's tallied 27 rushes for 103 yards (3.8 avg.) with one touchdown and 10 receptions for 68 yards (6.8 avg.) in his career.

He also has kick return experience, hauling in eight kickoffs for 138 yards (17.3 avg.) in addition to five career special teams tackles, according to the Broncos.

In college, Stewart rushed for 920 yards and 14 touchdowns on 209 carries (4.4 avg.) for the Stanford Cardinals (thank you John Elway). He was an undrafted free agent pickup for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.

A la Knowshon Moreno, Stewart will wear jersey No. 27.

The Broncos confirmed that offensive tackle Colorado local Ryan Miller, of Columbine High School and Colorado Buffaloes fame, was released from the practice squad to make room for Stewart.