ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension Friday.
Williams was punished for violating the league’s substance abuse policy after his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired.
He already was serving a six-game suspension to start the season for violating the league’s banned-substances policy – such as performance enhancing drugs – after the NFL said he supplied a non-human urine sample during a drug test.
Williams, the team’s leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, won’t be eligible to return to the Broncos until Nov. 12.
Fines handed down
Linebackers Chad Greenway of Minnesota and Brandon Spikes of New England were fined $21,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend.
Greenway struck Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in the head and neck area in Sunday’s victory over Detroit. He apologized to Johnson afterward.
Spikes used an illegal blindside block during an interception return, hitting Bills tight end Scott Chandler, who left the game with a head injury. No penalty was called.
Buffalo tackle Kyle Williams was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer, hitting the Patriots’ Tom Brady below the knee area. Williams intends to appeal the fine.
Also fined were Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, Titans tackle Dave Stewart and Cardinals placekicker Jay Feely, all docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness.
Around the league
Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee), linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf) completed a full week of practice and are all listed as probable and will play Sunday against Philadelphia (3-1). Miami cornerback Richard Marshall has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher had little to say about the condition of Danny Amendola, calling it a competitive issue after the receiver was injured during Thursday night’s win over Arizona. Fisher said he was certain the receiver would miss the Oct. 14 game at Miami.