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Ex-Bears QB Kyle Orton cut by Broncos

Kyle Ortwas waived by Broncos Tuesday.  The former Bears quarterback came Broncos trade for Jay Cutler. | AP

Kyle Orton was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday. The former Bears quarterback came to the Broncos in the trade for Jay Cutler. | AP

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Updated: November 22, 2011 6:04PM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have waived quarterback Kyle Orton.

The 29-year-old seventh-year veteran from Purdue lost his starting job after going 1-4. He hasn’t played since the first half against San Diego on Oct. 9. His replacement, Tim Tebow, is 4-1.

Orton decisively outplayed Tebow in training camp but faltered when the regular season started, throwing seven interceptions.

Orton will be subject to waivers. If a team claims him, it will have to pay what remains of his $9 million salary. If he’s not claimed, he’ll become a free agent. Several teams, including contenders Chicago and Houston, could use a veteran QB.

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