Updated at 6:39 p.m. ET
At the same time the Broncos are trying to impress free-agent QB Peyton Manning, the team was hit with three suspensions for violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
LB D.J. Williams and DT Ryan McBean tested positive for performance-enhancing substances on the league's banned list and have been suspended for six games each, Vic Lombardi of CBS 4 in Denver reported on Friday afternoon. TE Virgil Green has also been suspended for four games, also for a violation of the substance-abuse policy.
According to Lombardi, both Williams and McBean plan to appeal by filing a federal lawsuit against the NFL on Monday. Their claim is that their drug tests have been tampered with and are not valid.
Williams — via his lawyer Peter Ginsber — filed a statement on the situation, through the website Pro Football Talk:
"I understand from media reports today that the NFL has announced a suspension based on a specimen that the NFL acknowledges did not contain steroids or any illegal substance. Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen. I have never failed a test of any kind — for steroids or illegal substances — during my eight-year pro career. 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. In fact, the specimen collector was fired by the NFL after compromising my specimen as well as others'. The hearing officer, an NFL executive, ignored the NFL's own Policy, engaged in inappropriate communications with top NFL officials about this matter without my knowledge or approval, corrupted the system, ignored that my specimen had been compromised, and now has subjected me to humiliation as well as suspension. We will be vigorously pursuing my rights in the judicial system. My suspension is unjust; the NFL has undermined and corrupted its own steroid policy."