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Broncos activate CB Bryce Callahan, place OLB Malik Reed on COVID-19/reserve list

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Broncos activate cornerback Bryce Callahan from practice squad to 53-man roster, place OLB Malik Reed on COVID-19/reserve list

Linebacker Malik Reed’s preseason is over, and his NFL career might be starting to change course.

A stalwart of the Broncos defense for the past two seasons, Reed started the first two games and was penciled in as a starter for the Denver defense in Sunday’s matchup against the Cowboys, but he sat out with a calf injury.

After an ineffective start against the Cowboys, the Broncos looked elsewhere for help in the linebacking corps. They signed Chicago Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston off their practice squad and activated cornerback Bryce Callahan off it.

Callahan made an immediate impact, lining up opposite rookie second-round pick Brendan Langley during the team’s first drive. During their drive, he recorded a quarterback hit to force a penalty.

Last year, the Broncos promoted rookie cornerback Brendan Langley from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Reed, Denver’s seventh-round pick in 2015, appeared in all 16 games last season and collected 32 tackles.

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