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Broncos place OT Menelik Watson (foot) on IR, sign OT Cyrus Kouandjio

The Denver Broncos have placed right tackle Menelik Watson on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed free agent tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.

Watson was injured the Broncos 51-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

However, Watson originally suffered his injury in the Broncos’ Oct. 15 loss to the Giants and then missed the following game — against the Chargers. He had been limited in practice in the weeks since, but had started the Broncos’ last two games — losses to the Chiefs and the Eagles.

After Sunday’s game in Philly, Watson was clearly in discomfort as he limped from the training room through the locker room.

Watson was one of the Broncos’ first targets in free agency this past offseason, along with guard Ron Leary, when he signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the team. He has flourished at times in the run game but has been inconsistent in pass protection as the Broncos have struggled to protect their quarterbacks.

The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Kouandjio, is a fourth-year pro who has appeared in 25 games with the Bills from 2014-16. Buffalo selected him in the second round out of Alabama in the 2014 draft.

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