The Denver Broncos signed free agent Timmy Jernigan on Wednesday, two days after the defensive lineman was abruptly released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Broncos pounced after putting three defensive linemen on the injured list the past two weeks.
Jernigan, 28, played in all three games for the Jaguars this season, including 20 snaps on defense in a loss to the Miami Dolphins last Thursday.
Jernigan has played in 74 games (51 starts) after getting drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He has 17.5 career sacks, most of those coming with the Ravens (2014-16). He played three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, including their Super Bowl winning campaign. His regular-season career totals include 133 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed, 48 quarterback hits and one fumble recovery.
The Broncos have seen Dre’Mont Jones, DeMarcus Walker and five-time Pro Bowl selection Jurrell Casey all felled by injuries.
The team plans to bring in former first-round pick Sylvester Williams and Darius Kilgo for workouts on Friday. Kilgo hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2018 and Williams played 63 snaps for the Los Angeles Chargers last season. Williams also started 48 of 60 games played for the Broncos from 2013-16.
The Broncos also promoted running back LeVante Bellamy and outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka to the active roster.
Bellamy is a rookie from Western Michigan University who has appeared in two games with Denver after being elevated from the practice squad in Weeks 2 and 3.
Tuszka is a rookie from North Dakota State University who has appeared in two games with Denver after being elevated from the practice squad in Weeks 1 and 2. He was selected by the Broncos in the seventh round earlier this year.
The Broncos (0-3) play the winless New York Jets on Thursday night.