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Denver Broncos cut 11, including veteran offensive tackle Winston Justice

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The Denver Broncos made their first major round of roster cuts late Sunday night. In all, 11 players were shown the door at Dove Valley, as the Broncos roster was reduced to 77 players.

Perhaps the most surprising of the cuts was offensive tackle Winston Justice. A nine-year veteran, Justice has started 43 NFL games. With incumbent Orlando Franklin moving inside to guard, Justice was expected to compete for the starting job at right tackle. He lost that position battle to Chris Clark.

Due to his veteran status, Justice was not subject to the waiver wire, and was released outright. Another veteran, linebacker Jamar Chaney saw his contract terminated due to injury. CSU-Pueblo alumnus Chase Vaughn was also shown the door due to an injury.

Eight additional players were waived, they are:

The Broncos must make two additional roster moves by 2 p.m. MT to get to the league-mandated roster limit of 75. One of those moves is expected to be the moving of wide receiver Jordan Norwood to injured reserve. Norwood tore his ACL last week.

The Broncos’ final preseason game will be on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. The team will have to cut their roster to 53 players prior to the start of the regular season. On a related note, practice squads have been expanded from eight to 10 players.