Defensive tackle Ryan McBean is going to fight his six-game suspension from the NFL, but the Broncos aren’t waiting around to see how his appeal turns out.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the team has notified McBean that he will be released on Monday. McBean played 58 percent of the snaps for the Broncos defense last season, more than any other defensive tackle, but the addition of Justin Bannan means that the Broncos have someone to fill his spot.
McBean was one of three Broncos — linebacker D.J. Williams and tight end Virgil Green — suspended by the league last month for violating the drug policy. McBean and Williams are fighting the suspensions, which were resolved by arbitration, by claiming that the arbitrator assigned to the case, NFL executive Harold Henderson, exceeded his authority and wasn’t impartial. They specifically allege that Henderson “ignored fatal issues concerning the collection process, safeguarding of the urine specimens and chain of custody” while also taking too long to announce his ruling.
Once his argument is heard and ruled on, McBean can get to work on resuming his career.