ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -Sam Paulescu will be the Broncos' third punter in as many weeks Sunday against the Vikings after winning a punt-off in frigid conditions Friday.
The undrafted rookie out of Oregon State replaces Paul Ernster, whose second stint in Denver lasted one week. He had a poor performance at San Diego on Monday night after replacing Todd Sauerbrun, who was waived for being belligerent with police following an altercation with a taxi driver early this month.
The Broncos wanted to try out a half-dozen punting prospects on Thursday but a snowstorm prevented some from getting into Denver. They convened Friday morning in frigid temperatures on the practice field that had been cleared of about a foot of snow.
Paulescu was in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys but was waived Aug. 23. He appeared in one preseason game - against Denver - on Aug. 18, when he punted twice for a 51-yard gross and 41-yard net average.
Paulescu won't hold for kicker Jason Elam.

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