The 28-year-old veteran has been a stellar performer on the field for Denver since being drafted out of Louisville in 2006, but his latest stumble will have fans calling his character into question.
The only way for a football player to make up for an off-field mistake is to avoid making it again and to play lights-out on the field. Dumervil can't change what's already done, but he can change the topic of conversation surrounding his name when it comes time to lead Denver's defense next season.
Dumervil recorded 9.5 sacks last year after returning from a torn pectoral injury that knocked him out of the entire 2010 season. Dumervil has over 52 sacks in just five seasons, making him one of the most disruptive defensive ends in all of today's NFL.
If Dumervil's league-leading 17-sack season in 2009 is any indication, then he is more than capable of righting his wrongs with the Broncos next season.
Dumervil hasn't had a past littered with off-field issues, though, and that leads me to believe that he made a mistake that he regrets and has learned from.
If not, Dumervil may have to take a page out of second-year linebacker Von Miller's book to learn how to conduct himself off the field and as a professional. But after all, Miller did lead the Broncos in sacks last season as a rookie (11.5).
NFL players are constantly in the news for gun-related incidents, and until the culture of self defense in the league changes dramatically, this sort of news will do little to impact the careers of top talents like Dumervil.
Patrick Clarke Is a Featured Columnist and Syndicated Writer for Bleacher Report.
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