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Christian Ponder waived, and Broncos make practice squad moves

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Peyton Manning is still sidelined, but the Broncos need depth elsewhere.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos appear to be addressing their progressively thinning safety situation by making room on their 53-man roster. Thirteen days after he was signed by the Broncos, quarterback Christian Ponder was waived Tuesday,'s Andrew Mason reports.

According to Mason, the move gives the Broncos the ability to add depth elsewhere to their roster as soon as Wednesday.

Ponder was inactive in Denver's two games behind Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian. Peyton Manning remains sidelined in Week 14 but may begin on-field workouts this week.

Cameron Jefferson signed to practice squad

The Broncos also made a shuffle on the practice squad, releasing offensive tackle Antonio Johnson and signing Cameron Jefferson. From Mason -

Jefferson, a 6-foot-5, 317-pound product of Arkansas, spent the summer with the Chicago Bears after being signed as an undrafted free agent May 3. The Bears waived him Aug. 30.

Jefferson started one game for Arkansas last year after transferring from UNLV, where he started 33 games at left guard. He also saw some work at the left and right tackle spots at UNLV.

During the 2014 season at Arkansas, Jefferson worked all along the offensive line, even lining up as an extra tight end at time.

Look for the Broncos to address their secondary by Wednesday. In the meantime: Welcome to Denver Cameron Jefferson!