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Monday, August 12, 2013
Tom Heckert to return Thursday

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Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Tom Heckert, who was suspended for a month without pay in the wake of his June 11 drunken-driving arrest, will return to work on Thursday, a team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Heckert was hired by the Broncos just 36 days before his arrest in Parker, Colo., in June.

The Broncos also suspended director of player personnel Matt Russell indefinitely last month on the same day the organization handed down Heckert's penalty. Russell was arrested on drunken-driving charges on July 6 in Colorado.

According to police reports, Heckert's blood alcohol level was .162, while Russell's was .246, well over the legal limit of .08 at the time of their arrests.

The Broncos, when they handed down the executives' suspensions, announced both men were to be provided "treatment resources as needed in the form of education, counseling and other rehabilitation programs."

Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said earlier in training camp that rather than hiring an outside consultant or former general manager to help with player evaluations during the suspensions, the duties would be divided among other members of the Broncos' personnel department such as Lenny McGill, the team's assistant college scouting director, and assistant pro personnel director Anthony "Champ" Kelly.

The Broncos play in Seattle on Saturday night, and Heckert could make the trip.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.