Friday, August 1, 2008
NFL suspends ex-Broncos punter Sauerbrun, sources say
By Bill Williamson
Free agent punter Todd Sauerbrun has run afoul of the NFL again.
Two sources close to the situation said Sauerbrun has been suspended by the league for four games and he is expected to serve the suspension in the first four games of the season.
The suspension stems from a December 2007 incident with a Denver cab driver.
In June, Sauerbrun pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace. The remaining charges of simple assault and failure to a pay cab fare were dismissed as part of the plea. Sauerbrun was given 24 hours of public service, to be served through NFL Charities, and a one-year unsupervised deferred judgment. He has to pay $216 in court costs.
Shortly after the incident, Sauerbrun was cut by the Broncos. Denver coach Mike Shanahan said he released Sauerbrun because he was verbally abusive to responding police officers on the night of the incident. Sauerbrun has remained unsigned since.
Sauerbrun was suspended for four games in 2006, while with Denver, for using a banned substance. Sauerbrun is expected to appeal this suspension.
Bill Williamson covers the NFL for ESPN.com.