DENVER — Monday the Denver Broncos called up strong side linebacker and Imperial Valley native Mike Mohamed from their practice squad and activated him for this week’s game at Minnesota.
The Broncos were one player below the 53-man roster limit against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
“Basically we had an open spot after Kyle Orton left and last week went a man short,” said Mohamed, who was assigned to the practice squad after the second game of the season. “I’ve been working very hard and I think they noticed and they gave me the spot.”
Mohamed was placed on the practice squad to make room for Donte Rosario.
“It’s pretty hectic because you learn our game plan, but during practice you run the other team’s defense,” Mohamed said. “You’re on the payroll but you don’t dress out for the games or travel … essentially it’s like a red-shirt year except they can cut you.”
Selected by the Broncos in the sixth round (189th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft after an outstanding career at the University of California, the former Brawley High Wildcat played well on special teams during the preseason.
“I’m not sure what capacities they’ll be using me in but it could include special teams,” Mohamed said. “It’s going well, it’s tough on the practice team because you want to play but I tried to stay positive.”
Mohamed is adjusting to the Mile High City as well.
“I like the weather. It takes getting used to but not bad … sunny during the day and really cold at night; a little snow, but nothing crazy,” Mohamed said.
Mohamed is joining the Broncos at a great time as they have won four in a row to climb into playoff contention behind quarterback Tim Tebow.
“It’s an awesome time to be called up … right in the middle of the playoff race,” Mohamed said, noting that the team is coming together. “It was tough when we weren’t doing so well, but now that we are on a roll it’s gotten better and we’ve gotten closer.”