Looks like D.J. Williams will sit 6 games

June, 21, 2012
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It is very likely Denver linebacker D.J. Williams will serve a six-game NFL suspension to start the season now that a long-shot attempt to get the suspension dismissed has failed.

On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed Williams’ complaint filed against the NFL. The league suspended Williams earlier this year for using a banned substance. Williams contended that the league violated protocol in collecting urine samples. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun won a similar case against MLB earlier this year. Williams’ attempt, however, struck out.

Earlier this year, former Denver defensive lineman Ryan McBean ended his suit against the NFL and had his six-game suspension reduced to a three-game suspension. It is not known if Williams had a similar opportunity and declined it.

Williams also faces a trial for drunk driving in August. It was his second arrest for drunk driving since 2005. He could face additional NFL discipline if convicted in that case.

The Broncos have been operating as if Williams will be lost for a lengthy period of time. Wesley Woodyard, Nate Irving and rookie Danny Trevathan will compete for playing time in Williams' absence.

In other AFC West news:

U-T San Diego reported that Chargers backup fullback Jacob Hester injured his shoulder Thursday, the final day of the team’s minicamp. The report states the injury is not considered to be serious.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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