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Duke Ihenacho | Defensive Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 207
College: San Jose State
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Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is on the roster bubble heading into training camp.
Ihenacho started 18-of-19 games last season, including the playoffs, amassing 88 tackles, six pass breakups, and three forced fumbles while playing solid run defense as a first-year starter. The Broncos decided to upgrade on him by signing T.J. Ward in the offseason, leaving Ihenacho in a fight for a roster spot with special teams aces Quinton Carter, David Bruton, and Omar Bolden. Jul 18 - 12:39 PM

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Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho.

Ihenacho opened last season starting at strong safety, but his playing time was scaled back down the stretch due to struggles in coverage. He also was fairly disappointing as a run defender considering that is theoretically his strength. In an ideal world, Ihenacho would focus on special teams in 2014.
Mar 7 - 1:28 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is currently in the NFL's concussion protocol.

The concussion occurred in Denver's Week 17 throttling of the lowly Raiders. Ihenacho has been an on-and-off starter for the Broncos this year. He was recently demoted from a full-time player into a part-timer at strong safety.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:40:00 PM

The Broncos benched SS Duke Ihenacho in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Titans.

After playing virtually every snap through the first 12 games of the season, Ihenacho saw just 22-of-51 snaps on Sunday. Omar Bolden stepped in at free safety while Mike Adams shifted from free to strong safety. "We wanted to look at Omar," coach John Fox said. "We took a look at some other guys a little bit to develop that throughout the rest of the season."
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is being evaluated for a concussion.

Ihenacho took a helmet-to-helmet hit from teammate Wesley Woodyard in the second quarter. He was taken to the locker room to undergo further tests, but has been cleared to return to the game.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:39:00 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho was forced from Sunday's game against the Redskins with an ankle injury.

Ihenacho was deemed "questionable" after going down in the first half, but wasn't spotted after halftime. His injury had the looks of a high-ankle sprain.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 07:09:00 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho (ankle) is active for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Eagles.

Ihenacho was a true game-time call that's going to gut it out. It's good news for the Broncos as they'll be without Champ Bailey (foot) once again.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 03:01:00 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho is in danger of missing Week 4 against the Eagles due to a right ankle sprain.

He's listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. This could be a key loss for Denver, as Ihenacho has been an impact run-stopping safety in the box. The Broncos do have a quality reserve in 2012 starter Mike Adams.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 08:42:00 AM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho exited Monday night's Week 3 game against the Raiders with an ankle injury and will not return.

Ihenacho left in the third quarter with the Broncos up comfortably 30-7. He injured his ankle in Week 2 against the Giants and was carted off the field, so it could be an aggravation. Mike Adams is the next man up at strong safety.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 10:44:00 PM

Broncos SS Duke Ihenacho was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury in Sunday's Week 2 game against the Giants.

Ihenacho beat out Mike Adams for the starting job in training camp. Adams came in to replace him midway through the fourth quarter.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 07:36:00 PM

Duke Ihenacho is expected to be the Broncos' Opening Day starter at strong safety.

Ihenacho and veteran Mike Adams were competing for the job. Ihenacho started the final three preseason games and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 18 safety this preseason out of 158 qualified players. At 6-foot-1, 210, Ihenacho is a true in-the-box safety who does his best work against the run.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 09:40:00 AM

Duke Ihenacho started the Broncos' preseason opener at strong safety and racked up seven tackles with a forced fumble.

He added a pass breakup. A true in-the-box hitter, Ihenacho appears to have passed incumbent Mike Adams on the depth chart after a recent increase in first-team reps. Ihenacho is worth an IDP flier in leagues with open waivers. Adams had 80 tackles, 11 breakups, and two forced fumbles in 16 starts last year.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 12:09:00 PM

Duke Ihenacho has been running with the Broncos' first-team defense at strong safety the past two days.

The Broncos are holding an open competition, and Ihenacho, incumbent starter Mike Adams, David Bruton, and Quentin Jammer are all in the mix. Ihenacho has picked off a couple of passes in practice. He's spent much of the last two seasons on the practice squad and has appeared in just two career games.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Aug 2, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Broncos waived S Duke Ihenacho.

An undrafted free agent, Ihenacho has spent the majority of 2012 bouncing back and forth between the active roster and practice squad. He has one tackle in two games. He'll likely be back later this season.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 06:57:00 PM

Broncos promoted S Duke Ihenacho from the practice squad.

Ihenacho has shuffled between the active roster and practice squad since late September. An undrafted free agent, he recorded 268 tackles with seven interceptions during his 47-game career at San Jose State.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 03:12:00 PM

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