Kircus serving two-years probation

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Former Broncos receiver David Kircus is serving two years' unsupervised probation as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid trial on an assault charge.

Kircus pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on Nov. 14. He was scheduled for trial this week on a felony assault charge, which carries a sentence to five to 16 years in prison.

Arapahoe County sheriff's deputies said Kircus punched a 26-year-old man in the eye after Kircus was asked to leave a party in suburban Denver in May 2007. Investigators said the man had multiple facial fractures.

Kircus initially kept his job after taking a polygraph test and telling then-coach Mike Shanahan he had acted in self defense. He was cut in August 2007, a move Shanahan said was unrelated.