More off-field misery in Denver

December, 10, 2010
12/10/10
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The most miserable season in recent memory for the Denver Broncos just took another hit: One of the team's starters has been arrested for sexual assault.

Rookie cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested by suburban Denver police on Thursday night after a lengthy investigation. He remained jailed Friday morning and his immediate status with the Broncos was unknown.

Denver drafted him in the fifth round out of Oklahoma State. Cox, a strong return man as well as a cornerback, was taken by former Denver coach Josh McDaniels despite the fact that Cox had character concerns coming out of college. He was suspended for the Cowboys' bowl game last year for reportedly missing curfew. McDaniels -- who was fired Monday -- always said he put a premium on character, but Cox’s selection was considered low-risk because he was a low-round pick.

Cox has been starting because veteran Andre Goodman has been injured. Cox’s now uncertain future, coupled with the potential departure of Champ Bailey in free agent, points toward Denver looking for cornerback help in the draft.

This arrest is another major issue for a team that has more than its share of problems this season.

Popular receiver Kenny McKinley committed suicide in September. He was on the injured reserve. The team has been in mourning since. While nothing compares to McKinley’s death, several poor decision have further clouded Denver’s season.

There was the recent videotape scandal in London that helped lead to McDaniels’ firing. Linebacker D.J. Williams was stripped of his captaincy after he was arrested for the suspicion of drunk driving. Denver is 3-9 and out of the playoff hunt. Cox’s arrest is another bad situation for a team suffocating in misery.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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