Kouandjio was cut by the Broncos on Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
The Alabama product had been used as a depth offensive lineman for the Broncos after signing with the team Nov. 20. With injuries to their secondary, Denver elected to cut Kouandjio in favor of free agent cornerback Jamar Taylor.
Kouandjio signed a deal with the Broncos' 53-man roster Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
The 2014 second-round pick by Buffalo failed to meet expectations and has started just seven of 27 career games. Kouandjio already started a game for Denver last season, so the familiarity with the team could be a reason he was brought back. It's unclear what sort of role the Alabama product will have with the team.
The Broncos signed Kouandjio to a contract Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.
A second-round pick of the Bills in 2014, Kouandjio failed to meet expectations during his first three seasons in the league, starting just seven of 27 career games before Buffalo cut him in May. The Alabama product was unable to parlay a training-camp stint with the Lions into a roster spot, but he'll get a look from a Broncos squad starved for depth at right tackle with Menelik Watson (foot) moving to season-ending injured reserve and Donald Stephenson (calf) uncertain to play Sunday against the Patriots.
Kouandjio was waived by the Lions on Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Kouandjio joined the Lions in the offseason after spending three seasons with the Bills. He was competing for a role providing depth on the offensive line, but the Lions ultimately decided to let the 24-year-old go. He underwent hip surgery in January, which was apparently still hindering his mobility.
Kouandjio (hip) was removed from the non-football injury list Saturday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
This is a significant development considering that Taylor Decker is already set to miss the start of the season and Greg Robinson is on the NFI. Kouandjio is a hulking tackle at 6-7, 322 and his starting experience should help him make inroads at earning the starting left tackle spot in Decker's absence.
Kouandjio (hip) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday.
Having just signed with Detroit in June, he was already fighting an uphill battle with the likes of Corey Robinson (foot) and Taylor Decker (shoulder) in front of him on the depth chart. Being healthy during camp would be a big opportunity for Kouandjio to prove his worth and maybe even steal some time in the regular season. His timeline for return is cloudy at this time.
Kouandjio signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
Kouandjio, a former second-round pick of the Bills, largely struggled during his first three seasons and was eventually let go by the Bills at the end of May. The Lions, however, just lost fellow tackle Taylor Decker for at least the next four months because of a shoulder injury, so Kouandjio will be brought in for additional help on the line in Detroit. The Lions also recently traded for tackle Greg Robinson, so Kouandjio isn't guaranteed significant snaps or even a spot on the final roster.
The Bills released Kouandjio (hip) on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After underwhelming in his first three seasons, Kouandjio underwent hip surgery in the offseason and wasn't expected to be back to full strength until training camp, so the Bills deemed him expendable. The former second-round pick may need to receive a clean bill of health until another team signs him.
Bills tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was beaten out for a starting spot last season by Seantrel Henderson. He is poised to turn the tables this year, per the team website.
Kouandijo is currently ahead of his fellow 2014 draftee. He has improved markedly since the end of his rookie campaign, according to Rex Ryan.
"I think the work that Cyrus has done overall in the offseason probably puts him ahead right now," Ryan said. "But again, the race isn't over by a long shot, so we'll see."
Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer concurs, but he also cautions that it's early in the process. "He's been working really hard at learning the techniques and learning the plays," he said. "When we got pads on that's when things are really going to show up for the line."
That Henderson beat out Kouandjio last season was a surprise. The former was taken in the seventh round while the latter was selected five rounds earlier.
The following players have been deemed inactive for the Bills in Week 17 against the Patriots: Stephon Gilmore, Bryce Brown, Randell Johnson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Gragg and Marcell Dareus.
Dareus was listed as out after Friday's practice. He finishes his season with 48 total tackles and 10 sacks for the Bills.
The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 16 game against the Raiders: running back Bryce Brown, cornerback Ross Cockrell, linebackers Larry Dean and Randell Johnson, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and tight end Chris Gragg (knee).
The only player on the inactive list dealing with an injury is reserve tight end Gragg, who was listed as probable, leaving the Bills as one of the healthier teams in the league heading into Week 16. They are a 6 1/2-point favorite in Sunday's road matchup with the Raiders.
The Bills ruled wide receiver Da'Norris Searcy, fullback Frank Summers, linebacker Randell Johnson, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, tight end Chris Gragg, defensive end Jarius Wynn inactive for Sunday's game against Green Bay.
The Bills designated the following players as inactive for the game at Denver: wideout Mike Williams (calf), tight end Chris Gragg (knee), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring), fullback Frank Summers, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio and linebacker Randell Johnson.
A trio of injured Bills have received the thumbs-down for action Sunday against the visiting Browns. They are safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee) and tight end Chris Gragg (knee).
Fullback Frank Summers, linebacker Randell Johnson, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and wide receiver Mike Williams are all healthy scratches.
The Bills declared fullback Frank Summers (neck), tight end MarQueis Gray, linebacker Randell Johnson, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, wideout Marquise Goodwin (ankle) and defensive ends Jarius Wynn (knee) and Bryan Johnson inactive for Monday's game against the Jets.
The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 11 matchup with the Dolphins: running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and Phillip Tanner, cornerback Ron Brooks (groin), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (ribs), defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), linebacker Randell Johnson and offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio.
Jackson, Brooks and Goodwin were all listed as questionable to play, while Wynn had already been ruled out on the team's final injury report. Wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) is active after being listed as questionable, as is wide receiver Mike Williams, who will give the team another option with Goodwin sidelined.
Bills rookie offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said Friday that he has had "a lot of reps" as the right guard with the first team in practice, the Buffalo News reports.
It's unclear whether Kouandjio is close to sliding into the starting lineup over the struggling Erik Pears, but coach Doug Marrone said the rookie "absolutely might" be active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Kouandjio has been a regular on the inactive list this season. He has seen work with the scout team as right tackle in practice, but it appears the team could be preparing him for a move inside.
The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 8 matchup with the Jets: running back Fred Jackson (groin), wide receivers Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and Marcus Easley (knee), linebacker Ty Powell (ankle), cornerback Ross Cockrell, running back Phillip Tanner and offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio.
Jackson and Powell were both already ruled out for the game, while Goodwin was doubtful to play. Easley is inactive after being listed as questionable, but the team's other questionable player, safety Aaron Williams (neck), is active for the game. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (groin), defensive end Mario Williams (thumb) and cornerback Ron Brooks (groin) are also active after being listed as probable to play against the Jets.
Bills wide receiver Mike Williams, safety Aaron Williams, cornerback Ross Cockrell, running back Bryce Brown, linebacker Randell Johnson, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and wide receiver Marcus Easley were all ruled inactive Week 6 vs. New England.
The Bills have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions: defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee), linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee), guard Chris Williams (back), wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee), cornerback Ross Cockrell, running back Bryce Brown and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio.
Bradham and Kyle Williams were doubtful to play on the team's final injury report, and the absence of both key defenders could cause problems against the Lions offense. Easley and Chris Williams had already been ruled out Friday.