Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon did not make the trip to New England after being diagnosed with strep throat – the end of a turbulent week in which Gordon was cited on Tuesday for driving under the influence, subject to a potential that three- NFL game suspension and risked the remaining guarantees in his contract.
The team does not plan to fine or suspend Gordon, sources said. He handled himself well after the incident, apologizing to everyone from teammates to football president / general manager John Elway to team president / CEO Joe Ellis. And he was on track to play on Sunday against the Patriots before appearing ill on Friday.
But Gordon, 27, is in line for potential discipline from the NFL. The collective bargaining agreement adopted in March increased the mandatory suspension for DUI from two to three games, costing Gordon nearly $ 800,000 in game checks if delivered later in his current salary. . A suspension could also allow the Broncos to void a $ 4.5 million full guarantee on Gordon̵7;s 2021 base salary, though it is unclear if they will.
Gordon’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13.
Doctors gave Gordon medication after the strep test returned positive. If it had been a home game, Gordon might still have played on Sunday. But on a long flight to the east, the Broncos decided to err on the side of caution and left him. Phillip Lindsay, who has not played since Week 1 due to turf toe, trained all week and is expected to start instead.
Broncos running backs coach Curtis Modkins also did not make the trip after testing positive for COVID-19. Modkins has been clear on the team since close contact with a positive individual, a source said, and although he has previously been tested negative, he will be removed from the team if the two-game delay is played accordingly. as scheduled last week. .
All COVID-19 tests for Gordon and all other players returned negative. The Broncos have not had a player on the reserve / COVID-19 list since Andrew Beck ended up filtering usage in late July.
Gordon agreed to the terms of a two-year, $ 16 million contract with the Broncos in April after playing for the Charger for five seasons, including a shortened campaign in 2019. He has a $ 2 million roster bonus due on the fifth day after training camp players report next summer in addition to the $ 500,000 per-game roster bonus and the $ 4.5 million fully guaranteed basic salary.
In four games this season, Gordon had 65 carries in 281 yards, 11 catches in 45 yards and four total touchdowns.