Broncos place QB Beuerlein on injured reserve, sign Jackson

Updated: October 22, 2003, 12:20 PM ET

DENVER - Steve Beuerlein's 17th season in the NFL is officially over.

The Denver Broncos placed Beuerlein on injured reserve for the rest of the season on Tuesday after the veteran broke his right pinkie in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Beuerlein, the Broncos' backup quarterback who was starting in place of the injured Jake Plummer, likely will undergo surgery to repair to broken finger. Beuerlein was replaced on the 53-man roster by offensive lineman P.J. Alexander.

On Wednesday, the Broncos re-signed quarterback Jarious Jackson, who will back up current starter Danny Kanell until Plummer recovers from a broken metatarsal bone, which is expected to take at least three more weeks.

The 26-year-old Jackson was waived by the Broncos on August 31 in the final cut of the preseason. He had spent his first three NFL seasons with Denver, appearing in two games in 2000 and one each of the next two campaigns.

To make room for Jackson, Denver placed defensive end Bryant McNeal on injured reserve with a lower back injury.

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