Report: Melvin Gordon in line for punishment from NFL after DUI
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon reportedly drove under the influence, making him subject to a potential three-game NFL suspension and jeopardizing the remaining guarantees in his contract, according to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero.
The recently ratified collective bargaining agreement (CBA) already increased the mandatory suspension for DUI from two to three games, which would cost Gordon nearly $800,000 in-game checks if served next season at his current salary. A suspension would also allow the Broncos to void a $4.5 million full guarantee on Gordon’s 2021 base salary.
Despite the looming punishment handed down by the league, the team doesn’t plan to fine or suspend Melvin Gordon, sources say. The veteran was also remorseful of his actions and apologized to his teammates and even to general manager John Elway and team president Joe Ellis.
The veteran was also recently diagnosed with strep throat and didn’t join the team on their trip to New England ahead of their matchup against the Patriots. Luckily for the Broncos, starting running back Philip Lindsay is looming to return on the gridiron. He hasn’t played since Week 1 of the season due to a turf toe injury sustained in their opening game against the Tennessee Titans but has already practiced all week and is expected to start instead.
Broncos running backs coach Curtis Modkins also didn’t make the trip after recently testing positive for COVID-19. The Broncos are currently holding a 1-4 record after recently grabbing their first win of the season against the New York Jets.
The team will aim to add another win to their tally as they face the Patriots on October 18.