Additional Williams ban was expected

October, 5, 2012
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The news that linebacker D.J. Williams has been suspended an additional three games is not a shock to the Denver Broncos.

It has been expected in NFL circles that Williams would get a three-game NFL suspension after his second conviction on an alcohol-and-driving charge. Williams is already serving a six-game NFL ban for using a banned substance, meaning that will be eligible to play in Denver’s 10th game, Nov. 18 against visiting San Diego.

Frankly, Williams has become an afterthought in Denver. He was barely a presence in training camp as the Broncos prepared for his suspension. Wesley Woodyard and Keith Brooking have been playing at the weakside linebacker spot.

There is no guarantee Williams will regain his starting job when he returns. Williams is a talented player, but his off-field issues have worn thin in Denver and the Broncos are currently focused who is on the roster, not who isn’t.

In other AFC West news:

As expected, Kansas City running Peyton Hillis (ankle) and defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) will not play Sunday against Baltimore after sitting out last Sunday's game.

Meanwhile, Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson (groin) is questionable. Cornerback Brandon Flowers practiced fully Friday and is probable with a heel injury.

It looks like Chris Kuper will play Sunday at New England. The Broncos listed the standout guard as probable on the injury report Friday to play in the game. He broke his forearm in August.

Jacksonville signed receiver Micheal Spurlock. The return man was cut by the Chargers this week.

Former Kansas City running back Larry Johnson has been arrested in Las Vegas on a domestic battery charge. He had several arrests in his NFL career.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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