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Broncos release longtime guard Neil

DENVER (Feb. 24, 2005) -- The Denver Broncos released guard Dan Neil, parting ways with one of the cornerstones of their solid offensive lines for the past eight seasons.

A third-round pick of the Broncos in 1997, Neil started 104 games over eight years with Denver. He was in the starting lineup last season until knee and stomach injuries slowed him, forcing him to miss Denver's final three regular-season games and the playoffs.

Neil's backup last season, Cooper Carlisle, is an unrestricted free agent, as is their starting left guard of the 2003 season, Ben Hamilton.

The Broncos likely will try to keep Hamilton, and the rest of the line is expected to stay intact. Center Tom Nalen recently reworked his contract and tackles Matt Lepsis and George Foster are under contract, with Lepsis expected to rework his deal to help the Broncos.

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