Denver bolsters its depleted secondary

The Denver Broncos waived running back Alex Haynes and elevated rookie safety Josh Barrett from their practice squad on Saturday.


Barrett played at Arizona State and was picked in the seventh round of this year's draft. He ranked fourth with 11 tackles and two special teams stops in four preseason games for Denver.

The Broncos' secondary has been hampered by injuries to starting linebackers Nate Webster, D.J. Williams, Boss Bailey , cornerback Champ Bailey as well as safety Marlon McCree .

BEARS: Placed veteran offensive tackle Fred Miller on injured reserve and elevated receiver Brandon Rideau from the practice squad on Saturday.

Officially listed with a shoulder injury, Miller appeared in just six games and played mostly on special teams in his 13th season.

The Bears released him in February to avoid paying a roster bonus but brought him back in September following several weeks of talks after first-round draft pick Chris Williams injured his back early in training camp. A fifth-round draft pick by St. Louis in 1996, Miller appeared in 192 games -- 52 with Chicago the past four years.

He helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl two years ago after playing in one with the Rams, the Bears' opponent today.

A fourth-year pro, Rideau spent the first 11 weeks on the practice squad.

Rideau caught five passes for a team-leading 127 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason games.

SAINTS: New Orleans has frozen the prices of season tickets for the 2009 season.

Owner Tom Benson says the team also will maintain current parking fees for next season.

The Saints have sold out the Louisiana Superdome on a season-ticket basis for the past three seasons.

The team also is asking that the Louisiana Superdome maintain all current concession prices for Saints games in 2009.



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