The Broncos announced Wednesday they’ve placed TE Bug Howard and CB Horace Richardson on injured reserve.
#Broncos placing CB Horace Richardson and TE Bug Howard on IR. Two roster spots now open. Richardson (hamstring/back) limited the last week, Howard played the other night.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) August 21, 2019
Howard had been dealing with an ankle injury picked up during training camp. He signed with the Broncos as a free agent back in May.
Howard, 24, wound up signing a three-year, $1.66 million contract with the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of UNC back in 2017. He was set to make base salaries of $465,000 and $555,000 over the first two years of the contract when the Colts cut him loose coming out of the preseason.
Howard landed on the Browns practice squad and was brought back on a futures deal for the 2018 season. Cleveland waived him in April and he caught on with the Panthers before being waived again at the end of the preseason.
During his college career at UNC, Howard caught 124 passes for 1,770 yards receiving (14.3 YPC) to go along with 14 touchdowns over the course of 36 games.