ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos running back Montee Ball escaped the big 20-man cutdown on Saturday, but he was one of two players released by the team on Sunday.
Center Gino Gradkowski also was cut from the team, which opens the season Sept. 13 at home against the Baltimore Ravens.
Ball was a second-round draft pick two years ago. He entered camp last season as the starter, but he injured his groin in the first game and never worked his way back up the depth chart.
Before being cut, Bell was competing with Kapri Bibbs for the fourth spot on the Broncos’ depth chart. Bibbs was waived Saturday.
Ball took to Twitter after he was released.
I would like to thank the @Broncos for a fun ride…many lessons learned met some great lifelong friends! Head held high..
— Montee Ball (@MonteeBall28) September 6, 2015
The Broncos also finalized their practice squad roster on Sunday with inside linebacker Zaire Anderson, center Dillon Day, defensive end Chuka Ndulue, outside linebacker Danny Mason, cornerback Taurean Nixon and receiver Jordan Taylor.
On Monday, the team added Bibbs to the practice squad, along with tight end Arthur Lynch, tackle Kyle Roberts and defensive end George Uko.