The Denver Broncos had to make some difficult decisions on Tuesday regarding their roster. The Broncos needed to make two transactions to be at the required 75 spots by 2 PM MT today.
The first transaction was to move center J.D. Walton from the active PUP list to the reserve PUP list. This means at the very earliest, Walton will not be allowed to become an active player for the Broncos for at least six weeks of the regular season. The Denver Broncos were hoping Walton would be ready to be the starting center after an injury last year. Walton broke his ankle last September and has been struggling to get healthy. In June, he suffered another setback and needed an additional surgery on the ankle. The Denver Broncos are still hopeful that Walton will be back by the second half of the regular season.
The second transaction on Tuesday was moving safety Quinton Carter to the injured reserve list. With this move, Carter will miss all of this year after having a setback in his rehabilitation. Much like Walton, Carter suffered a knee injury last September and would miss the majority of last season. This is a tough break for the safety. Before his injury last year, he was a shoe-in for a starting safety spot. However, since the injury, Carter has fallen in the depth charts to nearly every safety on the team. Even if Carter is healthy next year, it's hard to imagine he'll be anything other than a special teams guy now. That's if he makes the team next year.
The Denver Broncos, like the rest of the teams, will have some tough decisions four days from now. On Friday, August 31st, the league requires all teams to drop their roster from 75 spots to 53 spots. That means Denver will have to cut 22 more players before the season opens up.