Lang, Ernster, And Kircus Among Bronco Cuts

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The Denver Broncos formally cut ties today with two of their starters from last year: defensive end Kenard Lang and punter Paul Ernster.

The Broncos also placed wide receiver Rod Smith, their career receptions and touchdowns leader, on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Smith is recovering from offseason hip surgery.

Among other notable cuts were wide receiver-returner David Kircus, who is facing an assault charge stemming from an offseason fight. Coach Mike Shanahan said his release had nothing to do with his legal troubles.

Also gone is defensive lineman Demetrin Veal, who played in 31 games for the Broncos over the last two seasons but didn't fit in new defensive coordinator Jim Bates' scheme.