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D.J. Williams begins second suspension, allowed to be with team

Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams has finished serving his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancement policy, but now faces a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams returned to the team's headquarters on Monday, having served one NFL-imposed suspension with a second suspension still looming. Via Mike Klis of the Denver Post:

Williams was suspended from the Broncos' first six games for violating the league's performance-enhancement policy. His next three-game suspension was the result of an alcohol conviction which falls under the NFL's substance abuse policy.

The NFL's substance-abuse program wants the players interacting with the team, which is why Williams is at the team's facility working out. He is allowed to interact with coaches and players, but he is not allowed to practice, play in games or give media interviews.

Williams was chosen with the No. 17 pick in the 2004 draft by the Broncos, and has started at linebacker for the team since his rookie year. In his career, Williams has recorded 810 tackles, 20.5 sacks and two interceptions, all while wearing a Denver uniform.

He is eligible to return to the team in an active, full-time role on Nov. 12, one day after the Broncos' game against the Carolina Panthers.