Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward has been suspended by the NFL for one game after violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The two-time Pro Bowler will miss the Broncos’ season opener on September 13 against the Baltimore Ravens after he was suspended for misdemeanour charges dating back to an incident which took place in a strip club in May 2014. The charges that were later dropped.
He will be eligible to play in the Broncos’ week two match-up against divisional rivals Kansas City Chiefs.
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Ward’s performances for the AFC West team last season were good enough to earn himself a second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl, but really he struggled in his first year as a Bronco. He played in all but one game during the regular season in 2014 and had 60 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and defended six passes.
Ward is only absent for one game, so it shouldn’t have any detrimental affects on the Broncos defense, but David Bruton is expected to fill in the safety role whilst the two-time Pro Bowler is on the sidelines. He filled in last season when Ward was out with a neck injury, but only has five career starts in total.
Prior to the Broncos, Ward played for four years as the starting safety with the Cleveland Browns. Here, he earned himself his first Pro Bowl selection in 2013, tallying with a pair of defensive touchdowns and 112 tackles in that season.
Ward becomes player number 33 to be suspended by the NFL in 2015.