Jordan Pugh brings down Denver’s  C.J. Amderson on Sunday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

DENVER—Safety Jordan Pugh was out of the NFL as recently as last Monday, having been released by the Washington Redskins the previous week amid a flurry of moves to bolster their special teams. By Sunday, he was getting significant playing time in the Redskins’ depleted secondary and contributed an interception of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

“It feels good,” Pugh said. “It feels good to come back and help the team out. But you want the win at the end of the day. It was a week of highs and lows.”

That mixed-bag feeling extended to the entire Redskins defense. It forced Manning into four turnovers and was the key contributor to the Redskins having a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. But the Broncos scored the game’s final 38 points and won, 45-21.

“I don’t know what went wrong,” Pugh said. “I have to go back and look at it after the emotions have calmed down. But I think the thing we did right was we played together… as a defense. We stuck to the game plan. We stuck to what we knew. And we just executed. [But] we’ve got to finish the game out in a better fashion.”

Pugh shared playing time at safety with Jose Gumbs, Bacarri Rambo and E.J. Biggers, with Brandon Meriweather suspended and Reed Doughty sidelined by a concussion. The Redskins made arrangements Tuesday for Pugh to return, after Meriweather had been suspended, and announced his re-signing Wednesday.

“It worked out that way,” Pugh said of the time-sharing arrangement Sunday. “We’re always ready. In practice, we’re always rotating guys and getting guys looks…. So it was an opportunity for me to step in and that’s what I did.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins return from Denver and begin preparations for the Chargers on Sun. Nov. 3.

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