Broncos sign Poole to try to patch up injury-riddled secondary

Updated: August 13, 2008, 11:36 AM ET
Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos addressed their injury-riddled defensive secondary on Wednesday by signing 13th-year pro Tyrone Poole.

To make room, the Broncos released fourth-year cornerback Christian Morton.

Poole, who was cut by Houston last summer, has played for Oakland (2006), New England (2003-05), Denver (2002), Indianapolis (1998-2000) and Carolina (1995-97) since entering the NFL as a first-round draft pick by the Panthers in 1995 from Fort Valley State University.

Poole has 18 career interceptions, 121 pass breakups, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in 142 games, including 112 starts.

During his one season in Denver, Poole played in all 16 games, starting four times and collecting 51 tackles, 10 pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The Broncos are missing two starters from their defensive backfield: cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring) and safety Hamza Abdullah (groin).groin


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