The Broncos have handed down suspensions for player personnel director Matt Russell and pro personnel director Tom Heckert and it appears that will be the only job-related discipline they’ll face for their DUI arrests.
In their release about the suspensions, the Broncos said that the league told them that they did not plan any further discipline for the two executives. The Broncos suspended Russell indefinitely without pay and Heckert for one month without pay on Monday and executive vice president of football operations John Elway said that Heckert and Russell failed in one of their responsibilities to the team.
“When I was named to this position two years ago, I spoke of the role this organization has in the community,” Elway said in the release. “We all have an individual responsibility to represent this team in the appropriate manner at all times. It’s particularly disappointing that two members of my staff acted so irresponsibly. Simply put, it’s unacceptable and inexcusable.”
Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the lack of further league discipline does not mean the Broncos will avoid punishment under the league’s salary remittance policy. The policy punishes teams for repeated violations of the same type by members of the organization and, per Breer, any fines due from the Broncos as a result of the DUI arrests — a group that also includes offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry — would be levied after the 2013 season.