Denver Broncos working again Melvin Gordon did not make the journey to New England after being identified with strep throat — the tip of a tumultuous week during which Gordon was cited late Tuesday for driving under the influence, making him topic to a potential three-game NFL suspension and jeopardizing the remaining ensures in his contract.
The crew does not plan to positive or droop Gordon, sources say. He dealt with himself nicely after the incident, apologizing to everybody from teammates to president of soccer operations/normal supervisor John Elway to crew president/CEO Joe Ellis. And he was on monitor to play Sunday towards the Patriots earlier than displaying up unwell Friday.
But Gordon, 27, is in line for potential discipline from the NFL. The collective bargaining settlement ratified in March elevated the necessary suspension for DUI from two to 3 video games, which might value Gordon practically $800,000 in recreation checks if served subsequent season at his present wage. A suspension additionally could permit the Broncos to void a $4.5 million full assure on Gordon’s 2021 base wage, although it isn’t clear whether or not they would accomplish that.
Gordon’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13.
Doctors gave Gordon medicine after the strep check got here again constructive. Had this been a house recreation, Gordon nonetheless would possibly’ve performed Sunday. But with a protracted flight east, the Broncos determined to err on the facet of warning and left him behind. Phillip Lindsay, who hasn’t performed since Week 1 due to turf toe, practiced absolutely all week and is predicted to begin as a substitute.
Broncos working backs coach Curtis Modkins additionally did not make the journey after testing positive for COVID-19. Modkins had been clear with the crew since a detailed contact with a constructive particular person, a supply stated, and despite the fact that he beforehand had examined damaging, he would have been remoted away from the crew if this twice-delayed recreation had been performed as scheduled final weekend.
All COVID-19 checks for Gordon and all different gamers have come again damaging. The Broncos have not had a participant go on the reserve/COVID-19 record since tight finish Andrew Beck throughout consumption screening in late July.
Gordon agreed to phrases on a two-year, $16 million contract with the Broncos in April after enjoying for the Chargers for 5 seasons, together with a holdout-shortened 2019 marketing campaign. He has a $2 million roster bonus due on the fifth day after gamers report back to coaching camp subsequent summer time along with $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses and the $4.5 million absolutely assured base wage.
In 4 video games this season, Gordon has 65 carries for 281 yards, 11 catches for 45 yards and 4 complete touchdowns.