The Denver Broncos have cut ties with a key run defender who has started 25 games over the past two years.
The team released veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson on Saturday.
Vickerson, 31, started alongside Terrance Knighton until a dislocated hip ended his season in late November. He was replaced by 2013 first-round draft pick Sylvester Williams, who is now entrenched as a starter.
The eight-year veteran's fate was sealed when former New York Giants' second-round draft pick Marvin Austin began turning heads in offseason and training-camp practices. The Broncos "love" Austin, who has been better than expected, confirms NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Vickerson is free to sign with any team in need of a rotational run-plugger.
You can track all the cuts as NFL teams reduce their rosters to 53 right here.