Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon did not travel to New England after detecting strep throttle – a weekend in which Gordon was cited for driving under the influence late on Tuesday, leaving him with a potential trio of Submitted. Endangering sports NFL suspensions and remaining guarantees in their contracts.
The team says there are no plans to fix or suspend Gordon. He handled himself well after the incident, apologizing to everyone from teammates to football operations president / general manager John Elway to team president / CEO Joe Ellis. And he was on track to play Sunday against the Patriots before ailing Friday showing.
But 27-year-old Gordon is consistent with possible discipline from the NFL. The collective bargaining agreement in March extended mandatory suspension for DUI for two to three games, which would cost Gordon nearly $ 800,000 in in-game checks if served at his current salary next season. A suspension could also give the Broncos a full guarantee of $ 4.5 million on Gordon’s 2021 base salary, although it is unclear whether they will do so.
Gordon’s arraignment is scheduled for November 13.
Doctors gave Gordon the medicine after the strep test came positive. Had it been a home game, Gordon could still play Sunday. But with a long flight east, the Broncos decided to err on the side of caution and overtook him. Phillip Lindsay, who has not played since Week 1 due to turf, practiced all week and is expected to start instead.
Bronx running backs coach Curtis Modkins did not travel after testing positive for COVID-19. Modkins had been transparent with the team since his close contact with a positive man, a source said, and even though he had tested negative earlier, he would have been separated from the team if it was played twice as long as the game. Played as of last weekend. .
All COVID-19 tests have come back negative for Gordon and all other players. The Broncos have not placed a player on the Reserve / COVID-19 list since tight back Andrew Beck during the intake screening in late July.
Gordon agreed to the terms over two seasons, signing a $ 16 million contract with Bronco after playing for the Chargers for five seasons in April, including a holdout 2019 campaign. In addition to $ 500,000 in roster bonuses per game to players, he has a roster bonus of $ 2 million due to fifth day after training camp reports and a fully guaranteed base salary of $ 4.5 million.
In four matches this season, Gordon has 65 for 281 yards, 11 catches for 45 yards and four total touchdowns.