When the Broncos signed quarterback Christian Ponder last month, word was that he’d spend a couple of weeks learning the offense before the team considered elevating him to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
That won’t be happening. The Broncos announced Tuesday that they have released Ponder, who never saw any action for the Broncos in his two weeks on the team. That leaves rookie Trevor Siemian as Brock Osweiler’s backup while Peyton Manning continues working out in hopes of returning to active duty this season.
Ponder last played for the Vikings last season, seeing action in two games and making one start. He was with the Raiders through the preseason, but didn’t make the cut to 53 players.
The Broncos didn’t announce an immediate replacement for Ponder on the roster, but it seems a good bet that they’ll be looking for some safety help with T.J. Ward, David Bruton and Omar Bolden all dealing with injuries.