The Denver Post reported Saturday that given his pending six-game suspension for violating the National Football League’s performance enhancing drugs policy and with a $5 million non-guaranteed salary in 2012 it’s a very real possibility that Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams may have played his last game as a member of the Broncos. The 29 year old Williams, who has played his entire eight year career in Denver, had 90 tackles, 5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in 13 games for the Broncos in 2011.
The Ball Says: Reports of Williams demise in the Mile High City may be a bit premature, as Williams has vehemently denied that his urine test specimen contained “non-human material” (couldn’t make this up if I tried folks) and has stated that his drug test was mishandled and he intends to appeal the suspension by any and all means at his disposal, including filing a federal lawsuit that could easily cause the issue to drag on for months if not years ala the recent “Starcaps” scandal.
From a fantasy perspective this certainly casts doubts over D.J. Williams dynasty value, as while it may take a while for this to all sort itself out it will resolve itself eventually, but it appears pretty unlikely that the matter will be settled in time for his guilt and/or innocence to be determined and punishment handed down this season, leaving Williams most likely manning the weak side of the Denver Broncos 4-3 in 2012 and keeping him more-or-less the same middling IDP LB2 he was before this story broke in redraft formats.