AFC West: Danny Trevethan

D.J. Williams is not done fighting his NFL six game NFL ban.

CBS Sports reported that Williams has appealed the dismissal of his preliminary injunction. 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. 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:

It looks like the Chiefs may be hosting the Arizona Cardinals this summer for a joint training camp practice.

Broncos' camp thoughts

June, 13, 2012
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Here are some observations from Denver’s second minicamp practice being held on Wednesday:
  • It’s interesting to see Peyton Manning operate in quarterback drills when they work as a group. While the other three quarterbacks worked on roll-out passes, Manning acted as a pass-rusher to simulate a game situation. It’s just one of the many ways Manning helps his team.
  • Manning aired out some nice passes Wednesday as his progression continues.
  • Knowshon Moreno is progressing and doing some seven-on-seven drills as he comes back from his torn ACL.
  • Sixth-round pick, linebacker Danny Trevathan continues to look good. He is getting some nickel looks with the first team and could get some playing time if D.J. Williams’ six-game suspension holds up. Trevathan, a tackle machine at Kentucky, is definitely a player to keep an eye on.
  • The Quinton Carter-Rahim Moore rotation at safety continued with Moore getting the first-team repetitions Wednesday. It was Carter’s turn Tuesday. Expect the rotation to continue through training camp. In the end I expect both 2011 draft choices to play a lot with free-agent addition Mike Adams.
  • Running back Mario Fannin is looking solid as he tries to make the team. A touted undrafted free agent from Auburn last season, Fannin missed his rookie year with a torn ACL.
  • Veteran receiver Brandon Stokley still knows how to play football. He has brilliant hands and his routes are flawless. If he can stay healthy, the 35-year-old Stokley can be the slot receiver.