When word of Matt Prater's pending four-game suspension came down, Denver rookie kicker Mitch Ewald said, "There's an opening there. Is it for me? Who knows? It might be, it might be for somebody else."
The rookie from Indiana saw Tuesday that he wasn't in the Broncos' plans.
They released him after acquiring first-year kicker Brandon McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015.
Ewald was unimpressive at Broncos camp, never quite finding a rhythm at altitude despite working alongside Prater, whom he studied while in college.
Ewald was wide left on a 36-yard field goal try with 4:36 left that would have given Denver a 10-point lead over Houston on Saturday night. That miss opened the door for the Texans' TD drive and 2-point conversion that won it 18-17 in the final minute.
"I just rushed myself," said Ewald, who was hoping to get all the work in Denver's preseason finale at Dallas on Thursday night.
Instead, those duties will go to McManus, who co...