It seems increasingly likely that the Denver Broncos will have to test their depth at linebacker – at least for the first six games of the season. And while competition at training camp is never a bad thing, you hate to see it predicated on this reason.
On Thursday, federal judge Christine Arguello dismissed embattled linebacker D.J. Williams’ attempt to overturn the sentence handed down by the NFL for a positive drug test last August. Williams maintained that the league was in violation of protocol through chain-of-custody errors, while the league claims that the samples didn’t originate from a human. He will now have to take his appeal of the sentence directly to the NFL.
Former Broncos and current Ravens defensive tackle Ryan McBean was also suspended under similar circumstances and has since withdrawn his suit against the league. McBean will serve a three-game suspension to start the season.
Veteran Wesley Woodyard, last year’s third-round pick Nate Irving, and this year’s sixth-round pick Danny Trevathan will likely compete for Williams’ spot on the depth chart, provided the league upholds the suspension.