(The Lyfe News) Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams goes to trial on Wednesday on allegations of driving under the influence, which could result in him being sidelined for several games if he is found guilty.
His arrest was around 3 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2010, when police stopped Williams for driving without headlights, then cited him for DUI and took him to a detox facility.
The Broncos snatched the linebacker of his captain’s title after his arrest. Last spring, the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended D.J. for six games due to a failed offseason drug test. He sued to have that suspension overturned, but the case was thrown out. A conviction in the drunken-driving case could result in an even longer suspension.
Williams’ trial on driving under the influence and traffic charges was put on hold several times.
Due to his pending suspension, he hasn’t practiced with the starters at training camp, so the team can prepares for Wesley Woodyard as his replacement as weakside linebacker.
Williams didn’t do any contact work at camp until Monday when he worked with the second stringers after free agent linebacker Keith Brooking left practice with a pulled hamstring.
Williams led the Broncos in tackles the past three seasons and five times overall in his eight years since joining the NFL as Denver’s top draft pick in 2004 out of the University of Miami.
He is still listed as the starter at weakside linebacker on the Broncos’ chart, although he hasn’t practiced with the first team.
Williams is scheduled to be reinstated for the Broncos’ Oct. 28 game against the New Orleans Saints, although Goodell could punish him further with or without a conviction in his latest court case.