Broncos running back Melvin Gordon was back at practice Thursday morning, two days after being cited in Denver for driving under the influence and speeding and one day after coach Vic Fangio held him out of practice.
Fangio is scheduled to hold a media video conference after practice. On Wednesday, when asked if Gordon would be active Sunday at New England, Fangio said: ““Everything is open right now. We hope to have a decision made by (Thursday) or (Friday).”
If the Broncos deactivate Gordon and leave him home for the Patriots game, he will still get his weekly salary — they could only suspend him without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. The NFL office handles all discipline revolving around its policy on substance abuse, which includes alcohol.
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If Fangio is inclined to deactivate Gordon, he has depth at running back to overcome the absence. Phillip Lindsay (toe) will be available after missing the last three games, followed by Royce Freeman (who can pick up the third-down snaps) and rookie LeVante Bellamy (who practiced fully on Wednesday after missing last week with a knee injury).
Through four games, Gordon leads the Broncos in rushing attempts (65), yards (281) and touchdowns (three). He also has 11 catches for 45 yards and one touchdown.
Gordon was driving 71 mph in a 35 mph zone when he was pulled over by Denver police near Fifth Avenue and Speer Boulevard, according to a probable cause statement.
When officers approached Gordon, they noted his “speech was slurred, breath had a moderate odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage, balance was swaying, eyes were watery.”
Gordon consented to a field sobriety test, which he failed, the report stated. The results of his blood test are pending. Along with driving under the influence, Gordon was cited for driving 25 mph to 39 mph over the speed limit, the documents show.
Normally, individuals arrested on suspicion of DUI are taken to Denver’s Downtown Detention Center. But under COVID-19 protocols designed to limit the number of people in the city jail, police released Gordon at the scene to a sober driver, a Denver police spokesman said in an email.
Gordon is set for arraignment on Nov. 13.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports