The Denver Broncos made Christian Ponder's stay a very, very brief one.

He lasted only two weeks before the team announced his release. It leaves the current quarterback depth chart as a true two-deep: Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian.

The ex-Vikings and Raiders backup was a luxury the team couldn't afford. Peyton Manning is on the mend and will command an active spot soon.

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Plus, the team can pursue some safety relief with its new roster freedom. T.J. Ward, David Bruton and Omar Bolden are all dealing with injuries.

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