Broncos LB D.J. Williams is facing a league suspension after being arrested early this morning for DUI. Though the Denver Post reports the suspension is due to this being his second DUI arrest in five years, the team’s leading tackler still could play on Sunday with head coach Josh McDaniels refusing to say one way or another.
“We’re certainly disappointed and do not condone that type of behavior from any of our players or anyone else in our organization,” McDaniels said.
Williams is one of the Broncos’ team captains. Asked if he was disappointed that one of the team leaders was arrested for DUI, McDaniels said: “We’re disappointed no matter who it is.”
Williams’ first DUI occurred at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2005, the Friday morning before the Broncos were to play the Kansas City Chiefs on “Monday Night Football.” Williams left a birthday party and was charged with driving under the influence.
Notice McDaniels said he was disappointed, but not so much that Williams would be benched. It’s early in the fact-gathering process and McDaniels could suspend him at any point between now and kickoff, but if he wasn’t going to get it out of the way today, when would be a better time?
A suspension is coming, so if Denver decides to sit Williams — their leading tackler — down for Sunday’s game then the Chiefs would likely also miss him when the Broncos come to Arrowhead next month.
There is never any good excuse for anyone — professional athlete or otherwise — to drive drunk and it would be nice to see both the team and league act swiftly. At the same time, a quick resolution is clearly in the Chiefs’ best interest since the Broncos are already so short at linebacker. A Denver defense without Elvis Dumervil or Williams? That has the makings of another 200+ yard day for Jamaal Charles.