Connor Rains was the first to fall from the Denver Broncos inchoate offensive line, as the former Wyoming Cowboys lineman was waived by the team on Sunday following an injury that occurred Friday.

The team announced it had signed rookie free agent Charles Sweeton on Sunday, as well.

Rains injured his foot on the first day of camp and will now take with him a $2,500 parting gift – his signing bonus. Rains would have made the league minimum if he had made the 53-man roster, according to the Casper Star-Tribue.

Sweeton was a first-team Ohio Valley Conference selection his senior year at Tennessee-Martin. He was signed and released by the Chiefs in May of this year.

The offensive line remains in a state of flux, with Ryan Harris being promoted to first team reps over the weekend and the Broncos giving All-Pro free agent Jake Long a look just before the start of camp.

The line will be protecting a different face than they’ve been used to during Monday’s practice – the team’s first in full pads. Head coach Gary Kubiak is giving Brock Osweiler the reins today as Peyton Manning gets a scheduled day off.

It appears unlikely that Sweeton will make the 53-man roster at this point, but Denver cannot afford to keep injured players like Rains as it seeks to fill holes on an offensive line that returns just one starter from last year.

According to, Sweeton offers “next-level size” but “struggles sliding off the edge in pass protection.”

Their quick profile says:

College left tackle with marginal upside for the next level. Stays square, keeps his feet moving and fights with his hands throughout the action. Jolts defenders with terrific hand punch and turns them from the action. Solid run blocker who opens up running lanes while also displaying the ability to quickly get to the second level and engage linebackers.