Less than 24 hours after learning that defensive end Billy Winn would miss the season with a torn ACL, the Denver Broncos on Saturday morning signed defensive tackle Nelson Adams, the team announced.
The 23-year-old tackle was signed as an undrafted free agent in April, one of three defensive linemen out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2017 haul. The Mississippi State product was released by the team on Aug. 5 in favor of defensive back JaCorey Sheperd.
Over his collegiate career with the Bulldogs, Adams racked up 80 total tackles, four sacks and an interception.
Winn, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday, suffered the torn ACL against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, the Broncos preseason opener. The 28-year-old signed a one-year deal on May 3.
It would have been the second season playing for the Broncos for Winn, who was a sixth-round pick in 2012 out of Boise State. Following three seasons with the Browns to start off his professional career, he was traded to the Colts in 2015.
Over his NFL career, Winn has bagged 110 tackles, three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles.
The injury to Winn was one of a wave of injuries to materialize over the week. Others such as Minnesota’s Bishop Sankey and Miami’s Raekwon McMillan also suffered season-ending knee injuries on Thursday alone.
The Broncos, who edged the Bears 24-17 to start the exhibition slate, will be back in action on Aug. 19 when they travel to San Francisco.
The regular-season opener will be played at home when the Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers.