The Denver Broncos, who are running back Melvin Gordon, did not make the trip to New England after being diagnosed with strep throat – the end of a tumultuous week in which Gordon was quoted late on Tuesday for driving under the influence, leaving him exposed to a potential three-game NFL suspension and danger of the remaining guarantees in his contract.
The team does not plan to fine or suspend Gordon, sources say. He handled himself well after the incident and apologized to everyone from teammates to President of Football Operations / General Manager John Elway to team president / CEO Joe Ellis. And he was on his way to play Sunday against the Patriots before showing up sick Friday.
But Gordon, 27, is in line for potential discipline from the NFL. The collective agreement, ratified in March, increased the mandatory suspension of DUI from two to three games, which would cost Gordon nearly $ 800,000 in game checks if served next season at his current salary. A suspension could also allow the Broncos to cancel a full $ 4.5 million guarantee on Gordon̵
Gordon’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 13.
Doctors gave Gordon medicine after strep test came back positive. Had this been a home game, Gordon could still have played Sunday. But with a long flight east, the Broncos decided to fail next to caution, leaving him. Phillip Lindsay, who has not played since week 1 due to grass standing, fully practiced all week and is expected to start instead.
Broncos running back coach Curtis Modkins also did not make the trip after testing positive for COVID-19. Modkins had been transparent with the team since close contact with a positive individual, a source said, and although he had previously tested negative, he would have been isolated away from the team if this twice-delayed game was played as planned last weekend.
All COVID-19 tests for Gordon and all other players have come back negative. The Broncos have not had a player go on the reserve / COVID-19 list since Andrew Beck during the in-depth screening in late July.
Gordon accepted the terms of a two-year $ 16 million contract with the Broncos in April after playing for the Chargers for five seasons, including a team-shortened 2019 campaign. He has a $ 2 million roster bonus due to the fifth day after players report to training camp next summer in addition to the $ 500,000 roster bonus per game. Games and the fully guaranteed base salary of $ 4.5 million.
In four games this season, Gordon has 65 career opportunities for 281 yards, 11 catches for 45 yards and four total touchdowns.