May 13 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (95) and defensive end Jeremy Beal (93) during mini camp at Broncos headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Beal Injury: Broncos DE Goes On Injured Reserve

The Denver Broncos placed Jeremy Beal on injured reserve and will lose him for the season.

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Jeremy Beal Injury Update: Broncos DE Not Helped By New IR Rule

Broncos defensive end Jeremy Beal's season ended before it even got a chance to begin. The defensive end suffered a knee injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the Broncos' final preseason game and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 31 when teams had to reduce their active rosters to 53 players.

Under the NFL's new injured reserve rule, teams have the ability to activate one player from the IR each season. Unfortunately for Beal, as the Denver Post's Jeff Legwold details, that only applies to players who were injured and placed on IR after Sept. 4. Given Beal's Aug. 31 IR date, he's unable to return due to the new guidelines. It is also believed that Beal's injury might have been season-ending whether the new rule was in play or not.

The 2011 seventh-round pick of the Broncos spent the last two seasons as a member of the team's practice squad.

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Denver Broncos Roster Cuts: Jeremy Beal To Injured Reserve

The Denver Broncos are in the process of cutting down their roster to 53 players by Friday night's deadline, and their latest move is sending defensive end Jeremy Beal to the injured reserve list, ending his season before it even began.

Beal suffered a left knee injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the team's final preseason game on Thursday night. A 2011 draft pick, Beal spent the last two seasons on the practice squad. During this year's preseason he was playing well as he recorded five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a pass defensed.

This move puts the Broncos roster to 74 players, and a final decision on the 53-man roster must be made by 7 p.m. MT.

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