Dec 4, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (4) and cornerback Marcus Peters (24) tackle Denver Broncos running back Mike Boone (26)  during the second half  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos place RB Mike Boone (ankle) on injured reserve

Mike Boone’s season is over after the Denver Broncos placed him on injured reserve Tuesday.

The running back suffered an ankle injury in the first half of Sunday’s 34-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which dropped Denver to 3-10. He had to be carted to the locker room.

It’s Boone’s second stint on IR this season after previously missing four games with a different ankle injury.

In his fifth NFL season and second with the Broncos, Boone appeared in nine games, ran 102 yards on 24 carries and caught nine passes for 96 yards.

In 57 career games with the Minnesota Vikings (2018-20) and Broncos, Boone has run for 516 yards and four touchdowns, though no scores with Denver.

The move leaves Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack as the only healthy running backs on Denver’s roster. The Broncos waived Melvin Gordon and Devine Ozigbo in recent weeks.

The Broncos also released defensive end McTelvin Agim from the practice squad, and the Las Vegas Raiders signed guard Netane Muti off Denver’s practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Aug 25, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Marlon Mack (2) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Short-handed Broncos signing RB Marlon Mack

The Denver Broncos are signing running back Marlon Mack off San Francisco’s practice squad and the 26-year-old veteran will fly with the team to London on Monday for their Week 8 game.

Mack’s agents confirmed the move to ESPN. The Broncos (2-5) play the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5) on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.

The signing comes in the aftermath of the injury to Broncos RB Mike Boone, who left the Week 7 loss to the New York Jets and was in a walking boot postgame. Denver contacted Mack’s agents — and the 49ers — before the game against the Jets had even ended, per ESPN.

Mack appeared in two games for the 49ers this season, playing just five total snaps on special teams.

The Broncos have already lost Javonte Williams (ACL) for the season and new RB1 Melvin Gordon has been largely ineffective. Boone injured his ankle in the second quarter Sunday against the Jets and did not return. It’s unclear how serious the injury is.

The Broncos signed Latavius Murray ahead of their Week 6 game; he rushed for 24 yards against the Jets. Gordon rushed 11 times for 33 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards.

The Niners signed Mack to their practice squad after he was released by the Houston Texans.

Mack ran for a career-best 1,091 yards with eight touchdowns in 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He has rushed for 2,484 career yards and 20 touchdowns in 47 games (23 starts) for the Colts and 49ers. He also has 57 career receptions for 448 yards and two scores.

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Jul 27, 2022; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (25) following training camp at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RB Melvin Gordon talks with coach, will start vs. Jets

Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon will start in the backfield for Sunday’s game against the visiting New York Jets, coach Nathaniel Hackett said Wednesday.

That decision comes on the heels of Gordon failing to play a single snap in the second half of Denver’s 19-16 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. Gordon, who started the game, rushed three times for eight yards in the first half and finished with nine snaps.

Latavius Murray, in turn, finished with 15 carries for 66 yards in the loss. Murray played 27 snaps and fellow running back Mike Boone had 21.

Hackett told reporters Wednesday that he and Gordon talked about the situation but elected to keep the full context private.

“It was a great talk. Love Melvin. Have so much respect for him as a pro for all that he’s done in this league,” Hackett said of the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

Gordon, 29, wasn’t thrilled but surprised being a spectator for the second half of Monday’s game. He even went so far as to “like” multiple tweets on social media that discussed trade scenarios.

“It was a close game, I felt like I could have helped make a difference, but apparently not,” Gordon said postgame.

Gordon has a team-leading 55 carries for just 201 yards and one touchdown this season. He was expected to receive more work after Javonte Williams sustained a season-ending knee injury.

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Aug 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Denver Broncos running back Royce Freeman (28) runs the ball as Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) moves in for the tackle during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos waive RB Royce Freeman

The Denver Broncos released their former starting running back Royce Freeman on Wednesday after making two waiver claims earlier in the day.

Freeman started eight games as a rookie after the Broncos selected him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Broncos also waived defensive lineman Jonathan Harris after claiming defensive back Mike Ford and running back Nate McCrary off waivers.

Freeman ran for 521 yards and five touchdowns in eight starts in 2018 but then bounced down the depth chart with the emergence of Phillip Lindsay and the acquisition of Melvin Gordon last season.

Lindsay is gone but the Broncos signed Mike Boone in the offseason and traded up to select Javonte Williams in this year’s NFL draft.

Freeman, 25, rushed for 1,187 yards and eight TDs in 46 games in Denver.

–Field Level Media