ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have promoted rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland from their practice squad and waived inside linebacker Alexander Johnson.

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Jeff Holland (credit: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Broncos (5-6), who visit the Bengals (5-6) on Sunday, juggled their linebacking corps with Shaq Barrett sidelined with a hip flexor. He got hurt against Pittsburgh last week and is expected to miss two to four weeks.

An outside linebacker from Auburn, Holland signed with the Broncos on May 1 after going undrafted. He shined in training camp and collected two sacks and recovered a fumble in the preseason. He signed to Denver’s practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster coming out of training camp.

Holland was named first-team All-SEC as a junior last season. In three years at Auburn, he collected 13 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered two.

The Broncos signed Johnson on Aug. 13, two months after a jury acquitted the former Tennessee star who missed 3½ years of football while fighting a rape case.

Johnson played in one game, against Houston on Nov. 4.

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer

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