Broncos sign DL Browning, place LB Holdman on IR

Aug 22, 2007 - 11:03 PM ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (Ticker) -- Trying to fill a hole up front, the Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed defensive lineman John Browning.

Terms were not disclosed.

With starting end Ebenezer Ekuban out for the season with an Achilles injury suffered in Saturday's preseason game at the Dallas Cowboys, Browning was brought in to help add depth to the defensive line.

The 33-year-old Browning played his previous 11 seasons entirely with the Kansas City Chiefs, compiling 307 total tackles and 27 1/2 sacks in 121 career games, including 96 starts.

The 6-5, 297-pounder did not see any action last season, being placed on injured reserve on September 2 before later being released following an injury settlement.

In 2005, Browning started 12 of 16 games, registering 35 total tackles, two sacks and four passes defended.

The Broncos also placed linebacker Warrick Holdman on injured reserve Wednesday with a spinal cord contusion.

Signed as an unrestricted free agent on April 26, Holdman suffered the injury during practice on August 2. A fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M by Chicago in 1999, the 31-year-old started all 16 games for Washington last year, recording 69 tackles and one sack.

Holdman has played in 105 games over nine seasons with the Bears, Cleveland Browns and Redskins.

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