In the midst of Peyton Manning’s ballyhooed visit to the Mile High City, three of his would-be teammates were hit with league-imposed bans.

According to reports, linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive end Ryan McBean were each suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Tight end Virgil Green was suspended four games for a violation of the banned substances policy.

The Denver Post confirmed all three players tested positive for PEDs.

Williams and McBean, who both allegedly had “non-human” urine in their systems, will appeal, and are likely to take legal recourse against an “unjust” system.

“I have never failed a test of any kind — for steroids or illegal substances — during my eight-year pro career,” Williams said in a statement. “I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen. We proved — conclusively — at the NFL hearing on this matter that the NFL and its specimen collector wholly failed in their duties to safeguard and process my specimen properly.”

“My suspension is unjust; the NFL has undermined and corrupted its own steroid policy,” Williams said.

They may be on to something, as a source tells ESPN’s John Clayton that the individual responsible for administering the tests was allegedly “relieved of his duties” for violating protocol.

The Broncos organization knows of the situation, but won’t comment publicly.

“We are aware of this matter, but due to the confidentiality of the program, we are unable to provide additional comment on the situation,” the Broncos said in a statement.

If the appeals are denied, Williams and McBean will not be able to return until Week 7, while Green won’t be back until Week 5. They can, however, participate in all offseason programs, practices, and exhibition games.

Written by Zach Kelberman via FeedCrossing, Content News Source

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