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Three Broncos suspended, two will file suit

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If Peyton Manning joins the Broncos, he won’t get to play with three of his new teammates for a while.

Per multiple reports, three Broncos have been suspended by the league.  Linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive end Ryan McBean have been suspended six games, and tight end Virgil Green has been suspended four games.

Vic Lombardi of CBS4 reports that each of the suspensions arise under the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Lombardi also reports that Williams and McBean claim that someone tampered with their samples, and that they will file a federal lawsuit on Monday.

UPDATE 6:51 p.m. ET:  A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the suspensions of Williams and McBean were imposed under the steroids policy.

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53 Responses to “Three Broncos suspended, two will file suit”
  1. canjura says: Mar 9, 2012 5:59 PM

    If it were one player, okay, I’d believe he’s lying. But when THREE players all claim someone tampered with their ish, something is fishy. Hopefully wasnt handled by the same guy who handled Ryan Bruan’s sample.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 9, 2012 5:59 PM

    Tebow needs to get them on that Holy Water.

  3. redguy12588 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:01 PM

    Ah, the Ryan Braun defense.

  4. yungbull2012 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:01 PM

    Bad timing….

  5. colt2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:02 PM

    That’s ok. The Colts just released half their team. Will be plenty of replacement players to go around. Peyton may not have to sign with anyone. He can just start his own team. Lots of guys available for him to recruit. LOL

  6. nineroutsider says: Mar 9, 2012 6:03 PM

    I see the Ryan Braun defense caught on fast! Do their sample collectors keep in the fridge next to their wife’s nasty meatloaf leftovers? Were Williams and McBean are important pieces? Seems like they are at least DJ Williams, but I admit that I’m not overly familiar with Bronco football…

  7. maxbelmont says: Mar 9, 2012 6:04 PM

    The precedence set in the Ryan Bruan case could we see more players, in any sport, use the tampering defense?

  8. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 9, 2012 6:04 PM

    Lombardi also reports that Williams and McBean claim that someone tampered with their samples, and that they will file a federal lawsuit on Monday.

    Thanks MLB.

  9. colt2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:04 PM

    Peyton is used to an orderly group in the lockerroom. One thing about Indy there wasn’t much nonsense or misconduct by players. Mr Irsay wouldn’t put up with it. Nor do I think Peyton would appreciate any kind of dysfuntion brought on by teammates. Colts ran a tight ship.

  10. vaughnorange says: Mar 9, 2012 6:05 PM

    Advantage Miami

  11. joedirte says: Mar 9, 2012 6:06 PM

    So I guess from now on if someone pop up for substance violation they will just use the Ryan Braun excuse?

  12. jlb10 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:07 PM

    haha! (in my nelson voice)

  13. whatnojets says: Mar 9, 2012 6:07 PM

    Why would Manning even consider in joining this substance abusive team???

  14. clavette says: Mar 9, 2012 6:07 PM

    hope theyre getting ryan braun’s lawyer

  15. brownsfn says: Mar 9, 2012 6:09 PM

    Are you friggin serious?!? Tampered with?!? Own up to your mistakesyou scumbags

  16. karlton2 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:09 PM

    The Ryan Braun effect.

  17. drewzducks says: Mar 9, 2012 6:09 PM

    They were Brauned!

  18. mrcmos says: Mar 9, 2012 6:10 PM

    Ryan Braun Anyone?

  19. bucks12965 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:10 PM

    I am filing suit that someone tampered with my SAT scores, which hindered my ability to go to a top school, & hindered my earning potential.

  20. chiadam says: Mar 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    Just find a friendly judge and appeal until the players are no longer effective (in the cases of Green and McBean, that would be now). See: Vikings, Minnesota.

  21. youalldrinkhaterade says: Mar 9, 2012 6:12 PM

    You got CAUGHT, drop the suit you friggin’ juiceheads

  22. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 9, 2012 6:12 PM

    It worked for that baseball guy.

  23. rip4gehrig says: Mar 9, 2012 6:14 PM

    I guess they are going to say the same dude that picked up Ryan Braun’s sample picked theirs up too.

  24. jackm79 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:14 PM

    Oh No!!!! Not Virgil Green!!!!

  25. profootballwalk says: Mar 9, 2012 6:14 PM

    Did someone pee in their cup?

  26. cowboycjn says: Mar 9, 2012 6:15 PM

    Sure, someone tampered with their samples. Like all the convicts in prison say they are all innocent too. Yet Saints players are labeled as low life, but I guess drug useage is OK out west.

  27. tom3565 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:16 PM

    Williams and McBean both refused to do test, see you later guys.

  28. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Mar 9, 2012 6:18 PM

    Additional generic obvious predictable Ryan Braun joke

  29. hairpie says: Mar 9, 2012 6:20 PM

    cheaters. just like when they cheated the salary cap to win the super bowl.

  30. antalicus says: Mar 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    To me this just means they have openings at TE and LB for D Clark and Brackett

  31. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  32. riverhorsey says: Mar 9, 2012 6:22 PM

    Broncos have had a bunch of guys in trouble with the law and violating substance abuse rules the last 2 or 3 years.

  33. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 9, 2012 6:23 PM

    My sample was hacked !!!!!!!!!

  34. kcbaby58 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:24 PM

    So we got abusers and womanizers here Peyton! Wanna Join?

  35. jade amor says: Mar 9, 2012 6:25 PM

    Has it really come to this in sports? Now the NFL has to hire a group of guys, give them all a briefcase with eye scanners, finger print recognition, voice recognition, etc. These people will have to carry it with them at all times, handcuffed to themselves, so that no one can tamper with it. On top of that, just so there is no chance of a mistake, these individuals will unzip the fly of the pleyer being tested, pull out his junk for him, collect the sample, give him 2 shakes, put it back in his pants, and seal up the sample… REALLY???

  36. jrcoop says: Mar 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    God’s vengence is swift. Whoe unto thee o house of Denver. Forsaking he that was your saviour last year. Run to the the mountains now while you can!

  37. oreo51 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:31 PM

    So this is what they mean by Rocky Mountain High.

  38. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 9, 2012 6:32 PM

    Scumbag and cheat Ryan Braun opens up a new line of defense. Thanks baseball!

  39. raymondtx says: Mar 9, 2012 6:38 PM

    Whats up with my homeboy Brett Hartmann (punter, yes punter) for the Texans? He got suspended today for violating the NFL substance policy, too! Oh, I see…just because he is a punter?? He cant get no run on PFT????

  40. FinFan68 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:45 PM

    When stupid people see something that works they try to copy it and then proceed to mess it up. Nobody tampered with Braun’s sample. His lawyers never even brought it up because the seal was still intact. Braun’s defense was the chain of custody was broken when his sample went to some dude’s fridge and it was not in dispute. I doubt these clowns will be so lucky. When investigation shows the seal(s) were checked and still intact, these guys are done. Add on another game or two for wasting time and resources.

  41. nfl1818 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:53 PM

    Simple solution. They should take away the Patriots playoff win over the Broncos

  42. ernie ernie says: Mar 9, 2012 7:16 PM

    There is nothing, nada, zero reason for an independent tester, usually someone working for himself and licensed, to alter the tests. There is nothing in it for them.
    No one screwed up Braun’s tests or these other jerks, they got caught and they are trying to blame it ala Ryan Bran excuse, on the tester.

    Not happening. The testers should be the ones doing the suing and get lawyers for defamition.

  43. hey804 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:28 PM

    The Patriots are the only team to ever videotape another team’s practice, the Saints are the only team to ever have bounties, and the Broncos are the only team to ever had PEDs.

  44. jamesneuf says: Mar 9, 2012 7:36 PM

    They weren’t steroids; they were magic McBeans!

  45. kane337 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    Peyton Manning saw this report and just said no.

  46. bordner says: Mar 9, 2012 7:39 PM

    Alright, already! Enough of the lame Ryan Braun comments/jokes!!

    Oh, wait! Now I just thought of one… should we change their name to the Denver Braun-cos?

    OK. Now that’s enough.

  47. emmac13 says: Mar 9, 2012 8:05 PM

    Someone tampered with their samples. Surely the NFL wants the pub. NOT. These guys are so well known too. NOT. More than likely your crew didn’t tell you what was actually in those blunts. Thats who was tampering.

  48. edenprairieballer says: Mar 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    Wrong move. They will pay a ton in attorney fees and then get hammered by the commissioner just like Kevin and Pat Williams.

  49. tybrew says: Mar 9, 2012 8:18 PM

    Non mother-sucking factor….what were they going to go 7-9….wow

  50. axespray says: Mar 9, 2012 8:21 PM

    no one thinks tebow is roided up?
    dude competes with Peyton Hillis in the Gun department.

  51. marima07 says: Mar 9, 2012 8:48 PM

    You’ve heard of the Twinkie defense? This is the tinkle defense.

  52. thesportgenius says: Mar 10, 2012 2:10 AM

    Denver Roidos…

  53. joetoronto says: Mar 10, 2012 5:47 AM

    What a mess in Denver, wow.

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