DENVER (Nov. 1, 2005) -- The Denver Broncos parted ways with cornerback Lenny Walls, a surprising move that signaled their confidence in fast-improving rookies Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth.
The Broncos placed Walls, a fourth-year player who began the season as the starter opposite Champ Bailey, on the reserve-injured list, meaning they've agreed to a settlement with him and will officially release him in a few weeks.
Walls lost his starting job early in the season and missed the last game with an injured groin.
"That had nothing to do with it," coach Mike Shanahan said of the injury. "It's just the play of some of our younger guys."
Williams, a second-round pick, has emerged as a starter for Denver. Foxworth, a third-round pick, has become the team's primary nickel back. Last Sunday against Philadelphia, he made a key interception in Denver's 49-21 victory.