Posted Wed Aug 15th by Jon Heath
Sixteen minus ten equals six, for those of you counting at home. And that’s how many games Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams may be allowed to participate in this season.
In addition to his six-game performance-enhancing drug suspension, Williams may also be smacked with another two-to-four week suspension after being found guilty of driving while ability impaired and driving without his headlights back in December of 2010 (his trial was delayed several times by his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg).
Per the Denver Post, Williams will likely face a minimum fine equaling two games worth of pay and at maximum, a four-game suspension. The latter would obviously knock off a large chunk of Williams’ 2012 playing season.
The Broncos owe Williams $5 million this season, but the salary owed him during his possible six-to-ten week suspension would be not be paid. It is unclear how much the Broncos would have to pay Williams for the games he will be active this season.
Williams (6-1, 242 lbs.) is a entering his ninth year in the NFL. At age 30, Williams has spent his entire career in Denver, but if the team chooses to move on from the troubled veteran, he played his last game with the Broncos in the Divisional Round of the 2012 AFC Playoffs in January.
There seems to be a consensus among fans that it is time for the team to move on from Williams. We’ll find out if the team feels the same way in the coming weeks with the team’s looming roster cuts—which are set to take place before the regular season.
Update: Wednesday, 7:47 p.m. (MT): CBS4’s Vic Lombardi has echoed my previous thoughts that the team does not feel the need to part ways with Williams, as they have nothing to gain from such a transaction (other than fan approval and a no-nonsense-tolerated stance).
I’m told the Broncos will likely keep DJ Williams no matter what. They don’t have to pay him while he serves suspension. Injury insurance.
— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) August 16, 2012