Denver Broncos: Players with Too Much Time on Their Hands Hurting the Team

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Denver Broncos: Players with Too Much Time on Their Hands Hurting the Team
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The Denver Post has recently reported that Elvis Dumervil, standout defensive end with the Denver Broncos, has been arrested "on suspicion of aggravated assault with a firearm" in his hometown, Miami, Florida on Saturday night. It's the third "incident" the Denver Broncos organization has endured in the five-month-old 2012 NFL offseason.

More importantly, Dumervil joins D.J. Williams as the second marquee starter on the Broncos' defense that could potentially face a lengthy suspension in the 2012 NFL season. Williams also faces a trial for a DUI in August, which if convicted could have additional games tacked on to his already lengthy six-game ban.

Dumervil's agent, Marty Magid assures fans:

"No charges have been filed, no assault took place. It is likely that when the police have completed their investigation, no charges will be filed against Elvis." 

Just because he isn't convicted, doesn't mean a suspension won't be looming. If he's convicted, the charge would be a third-degree felony in Florida, which carries a mandatory three-year prison sentence. If the charges prove to be true, he could face up to five years maximum in prison.

The other Bronco facing criminal charges is Knowshon Moreno, the underachieving first-round draft of 2009, who was charged with a DUI on February 1, 2012. 

Dumervil and his fellow troubled teammates are being very reckless and ultimately selfish with their poor decisions. What's worse is that it isn't the young guys, rookies or reserves with the lack of judgment, but the veteran leadership. Williams and Dumervil are two players who have been on the Broncos' roster for a combined 14 seasons and have spent their entire careers with the organization.

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They are the ones setting the examples for their teammates, especially the younger guys in their first or second years on the team. They are relied upon by management to show what it means to be a leader on the team, not the latest teammate to appear in a mugshot on the daily news.

Seeing a key player and fan favorite such as Dumervil caught up in a fiasco such as this is really disappointing. His poor choices affect the entire team. The team counts on him to perform week in and week out, and he potentially won't be able to do that if he's watching from his couch, or worse from behind bars. 

The incident does highlight that an individual's success on the field is only as effective as his judgment off the field.

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