Broncos make switch at punter, adding Berger, cutting Kern

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos made their first in-season roster move of the year, bringing in Mitch Berger and waiving Brett Kern in a switch of punters.

Berger is a 16-year NFL veteran who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

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Kern was averaging 46.1 yards per punt, but he ranked near the bottom of the league in net average (34.5). San Diego Chargers returner Darren Sproles took a Kern punt 77 yards for a touchdown last Monday, just before the undefeated Broncos went into their bye week.

Berger has a career average of 43 yards on 796 punts.

Berger has made two Pro Bowls, in 1999 with the Minnesota Vikings and 2004 with the New Orleans Saints. Berger entered the league in 1994 as a sixth-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Broncos also said linebacker/fullback Spencer Larsen is expected to return to practice this week after injuring his shoulder in a locker-room fall before the season opener in Cincinnati.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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