Denver Broncos Reward Key Rookie Contributors with Spots on Practice Squad

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Denver Broncos Reward Key Rookie Contributors with Spots on Practice Squad
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Kyle McCarthy, a fan favorite the past couple seasons, has found a way back onto the team. He was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad.

As hard as it might be on the coaches to cut young players, it can be equally hard on the fans who have cheered for, supported and rallied these hard-working, tough rookies trying to carve out a spot on the 53-man roster when their favorite new player is cut by their team. This offseason was no different.

The Broncos drafted nine rookies and brought in 21 undrafted rookie free agents during the 2011 NFL preseason.

Of those rookies, eight of them made the active roster. Jeremy Beal, a defensive end out of Oklahoma did not.

After the final roster cuts on Saturday, September 3, the young players who showed great talent and effort during the preseason, there were some the Broncos were able to sign to the team's practice squad. 

The practice squad is a group of eight reserves with minimal NFL experience who practice with the team, but do not dress for games. If a player on the team suffers a serious injury, the Broncos can place the injured player on injured reserve and activate a player from the practice squad to replace them.

For those fans who were depressed after seeing their favorite young prospect leave, possibly to vanish into oblivion, I have your 2011 Denver Broncos practice squad.

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