Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon did not make the trip to New England after being diagnosed with strep throat – the tumultuous end of a week in which Gordon was cited on Tuesday night for driving under the influence, subjecting him to a potential three-game NFL suspension and jeopardizing any remaining guarantees of his contract.
The team have no plans to amend or suspend Gordon, sources say. He behaved well after the incident, apologizing to everyone from teammates to President of Football Operations / GM John Elway to Team President / CEO Joe Ellis. And he was on track to play Sunday against the Patriots before showing up ill on Friday.
But Gordon, 27, is in line for a potential NFL discipline. The collective agreement ratified in March increased the mandatory DUI suspension from two to three games, which would cost Gordon nearly $ 800,000 in match checks if he was served next season at his current salary. A suspension could also allow the Broncos to cancel a full guarantee of $ 4.5 million on Gordon’s base salary in 2021, although it is not clear whether they would.
Gordon’s arraignment is scheduled for November 13.
Doctors gave Gordon medicine after the strep test came back positive. If it had been a home game, Gordon might still have played on Sunday. But with a long flight east, the Broncos decided to be cautious and left it behind. Phillip Lindsay, who hasn’t played since Week 1 due to a turf toe, has been training fully 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 from close contact with a positive individual, a source said, and even though he had previously tested negative, he would have been isolated from the team had this twice-delayed game been played as expected last weekend. .
All COVID-19 tests for Gordon and all other players have come back negative. The Broncos have not had a player on the reserve / COVID-19 roster since tight end Andrew Beck during admission screening in late July.
Gordon agreed to the terms of a two-year, $ 16 million contract with the Broncos in April after playing for the Chargers for five seasons, including a shortened 2019 campaign. He’s entitled to a $ 2 million roster bonus on day five after the players show up to training camp next summer, in addition to a $ 500,000 per game roster bonus and salary. fully guaranteed base of $ 4.5 million.
In four games this season, Gordon has 65 carries for 281 yards, 11 catches for 45 yards and four total TDs.