Broncos waive S Lee Flowers

Updated: October 6, 2003, 4:47 PM ET

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado - Jimmy Smith and Mike Cloud returned to their respective teams after serving four-game suspensions, but safety Lee Flowers will not get that chance.

The Denver Broncos on Monday waived Flowers, coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Flowers, 30, signed as a free agent with the Broncos in June with the team aware that he would miss the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's steroid policy.

His suspension expired on September 29, but the Broncos used a one-week roster exemption, forcing Flowers to miss Sunday's 24-23 loss at Kansas City.

On Monday, Shanahan decided to waive Flowers. The Broncos have been using Kenoy Kennedy and Nick Ferguson at strong safety and Sam Brandon at free safety.

Flowers spent the first eight years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including the last five as a starter. He started 14 games last season and recorded 73 tackles.

Smith served a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but returned to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and caught eight passes for 137 yards in a 27-21 win over San Diego.

Cloud was suspended four games after testing positive for steroids. He rushed for 73 yards, including the go-ahead touchdown, in New England's 38-30 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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