Broncos sign OT Kouandjio, place guard Max Garcia on injured reserve

Kouandjio, who appeared in three games for Denver in 2017, will add depth to an offensive line hit hard by injuries

Offensive linemen are going down almost weekly now, forcing the Denver Broncos to make late-season signings to add depth to the unit.

The latest one to come on is tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, who the Broncos signed Tuesday after placing guard Max Garcia on injured reserve.

The move comes a week after Denver signed center Gino Gradkowski to take the roster spot of Matt Paradis. Paradis suffered a season-ending fractured left fibula in the Broncos’ loss to Houston on Nov. 4.

Garcia’s season was ended when he suffered a torn ACL at the end of practice on Nov. 13.

The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Kouandjio is making his second stint with the Broncos. He played in three games with Denver in 2017 and was in training camp in August but was cut before the start of the 2018 season.

Kouandjio, 25, was a second-round pick by Buffalo in 2014 out of Alabama and played in 12 games for the Bills in 2016. Kouandjio was part of an offensive line that helped Buffalo finish first in the NFL in rushing yards (2,630) and rushing touchdowns (29) that season.

During his collegiate career at Alabama, Kouandjio saw action in 35 games (27 starts) and won a pair of national championships with the Crimson Tide.

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