The Denver Broncos have released punter Marquette King from injured reserve, King announced Monday.
King told NFL Media’s Jim Trotter that he will not have surgery for an abductor injury, opting instead to rest and rehab for the next three months. He thanked the Broncos and general manager John Elway on Twitter.
The move was expected after Denver placed King on IR with a thigh injury on Saturday, promoting Colby Wadman from the practice squad in his stead.
The Broncos signed King to a three-year, $7 million contract in April after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, but the 29-year-old disappointed by averaging just 39.7 net yards per punt (18th in the NFL) and 44.1 gross yards per boot (23rd) through four weeks.
Wadman, 23, averaged 41.1 yards on eight punts in his NFL debut against the New York Jets on Sunday, with a paltry 32.3 net average after the Broncos allowed four returns for 71 yards.