DENVER – The NFL on Friday announced that two Denver Broncos players would be suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season and a third will miss four games.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean and rookie tight end Virgil Green tested positive for banned performance-enhancing substances.
All three are expected to appeal the league’s decision.
“We are aware of this matter, but due to the confidentiality of the program, we are unable to provide additional comment on the situation,” the Broncos said in a statement.
D.J. Williams issued a statement saying the NFL suspended him for providing a non-human specimen.
“I have never failed a test of any kind – for steroids or illegal substances – during my eight-year pro career,” his statement says. “I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen. We proved – conclusively – at the NFL hearing on this matter that the NFL and its specimen collector wholly failed in their duties to safeguard and process my specimen properly.”
Williams goes on to say the NFL fired the specimen collector in his case.
“We will be vigorously pursuing my rights in the judicial system,” he says.