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D.J. Williams returns on Monday

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Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, the team’s first-round pick in 2004, has served a six-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances via the alleged production of a non-human urine specimen.  Today, he serves the third and final game of a suspension for a drunk-driving arrest.

On Monday, D.J. Williams rejoins the team.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Williams returns with a restructured contract.  Originally due to earn $5 million this year and $6 million in 2013, Klis reports that Williams will now get even less than the $2.07 million he was due to make under the prorated deal.

It’s expected that Williams will spend the first week or two getting back into shape.  Since the Broncos have been thriving without him (thanks to the latest Papa John’s franchisee), anything Williams can do for the team down the stretch will be regarded as a bonus.

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3 Responses to “D.J. Williams returns on Monday”
  1. elliotlc says: Nov 11, 2012 10:38 AM

    If he comes and plays in between miller and woodyard this defense will be a ton better and healthier since Mays is out and brooking is filling in

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Nov 11, 2012 10:41 AM

    And the Broncos front office continues to impress.

    The knee-jerk reaction was to cut DJ, but giving up on a solid linebacker when you have depth issues wasn’t a good idea.

    Now you get a solid (not great) LB for a fraction of the cost. DJ is a knucklehead but he has a nose for the ball and need to prove himself on the field.

    Worst case? Were stuck with high motor/high character Woodyard who continues to make plays!

  3. faris213 says: Nov 11, 2012 12:28 PM

    I always thought this guy was better than Vilma coming out of Miami, and Vilma got more of the hype since he was playing in NY, then NO. While Vilma’s play has drastically dropped off over the last couple of years, this dude’s still been playing well.

    You were always able to tell when him and B-Dawk were out of the game. They meant a lot to this D, more in the on-field leadership they brought with them. He’s been a knucklehead of late but i still think he’s very underrated. He’s still going to get you 100 tackles and is one of the few LB’s who can play all three positions well. Denver’s D should be better once they fully integrate DJ into their new scheme.

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