Denver Broncos sign QB Christian Ponder

Denver Broncos sign Christian Ponder as quarterback cover for the injured Peyton Manning.

Denver Broncos have added to their quarterback options in the wake of Peyton Manning's injury by signing former Oakland Raiders man Christian Ponder.

Broncos announced last week that Manning would be ruled out for the foreseeable future with a foot injury picked up in the defeat to Kansas City Chiefs, with Brock Osweiler promoted to starter in his absence.

However, they have now added to their ranks by bringing in Ponder, who only signed with the Raiders in March after falling out of favour at the Minnesota Vikings.

Sportsnet quotes Ponder as saying: "It has been an interesting year. A lot of quarterbacks have gone down and a lot of backups have had to step up. It was just an opportunity. A door opened for me and I am glad that it did.

"I grew up a Broncos fan, a John Elway fan. I am excited to be here."

Ponder started 36 games with the Vikings across four seasons, but failed to live up to expectations, throwing 38 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions while completing under 60% of his passes.

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Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass as he warms up before a game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 12, 2013
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