Denver Broncos star LB D.J. Williams played in his first game this season after serving what ended up being a nine-game suspension for a few different off-the-field instances. The Broncos welcomed him back and gave him the start against their division rivals, the San Diego Chargers in Week 11. Williams played a sufficient role in the game and was a major factor for the Broncos’ defense.
Williams was serving a six-game suspension for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs and a three-game suspension for an alcohol-related offense.
Williams can be very valuable to the team if he can stay on the field and get his act together off of it. Williams and the Broncos agreed to rework his contract and add Williams back to the 53-man roster. He was scheduled to earn $5 million this season, but he will now play for a little more than $900,000 for the rest of the year and can receive a $100,000 per-game bonus for every game he is able to suit up.
LB Wesley Woodyard has played outstanding in Williams’ absence and will not just hand the starting role over very easily. Woodyard leads the team in tackles with 77 to go along with three sacks and two interceptions. He is the leader on a team that ranks among the NFL‘s top 10 defenses.
I’m sure the Broncos are very excited about having Williams back and he should help Denver contend for a Super Bowl, but I do not envision Williams getting his normal starting spot at weak side linebacker from Woodyard easily. Williams will play in certain packages and may find a starting spot at middle linebacker.
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