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Broncos release veteran punter Britton Colquitt, waive 2 others

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos released veteran punter Britton Colquitt  and two other players Tuesday ahead of reaching the 75-player roster deadline.

Colquitt been with the team since late in the 2009 season and was the Broncos’ longest-tenured player.

That leaves rookie Riley Dixon to fill the punter position. The Broncos also waived receiver Bralon Addison and offensive tackle Kyle Roberts.

Tight end Garrett Graham was placed on the injured reserve list. Graham has been struggling with a shoulder injury, according to the team.

The Broncos released 11 players on Monday and had to cut four more by 2 p.m. Tuesday to get down to 75 players.

Coach Gary Kubiak said quarterback Mark Sanchez will be available to play Thursday in the preseason finale in Arizona, if needed.

Sanchez is expected to be traded or cut by the Broncos as they trim their roster to 54 players later this week.

NFL Network reported the Broncos are in talks with the Dallas Cowboys about trading Sanchez.

The Broncos lost their two quarterbacks during the offseason. Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler left as a free agent to sign with the Houston Texans.

The first team is not expected to play in the final preseason game Thursday at Arizona. The Broncos open the season Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in a rematch of Super Bowl 50, which the Broncos won, 24-10, on Feb. 7.