T.J. Ward Suspended: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2015

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 07:  Strong safety T.J. Ward #43 of the Denver Broncos stands on the field during a pause in the game against the Seattle Seahawks during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward was suspended for the first game of the NFL season after violating the league's personal-conduct policy for an incident at a strip club in 2014, according to the team's website.

Ward appealed the suspension but lost, per Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

"I found out a little bit before camp that I might be suspended," Ward said, per Renck. "It didn't go the way I wanted it to go, and I have to suffer the consequences. I just don't feel the whole process is very fair."

When asked if there's anymore he can do to get it overturned, Ward said, per Renck, "I'm going to try, but my last name's not Brady."

"We're disappointed, but it is what it is," Broncos general manager John Elway said of Ward's ban, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

He was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace in May of 2014 after allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender when she told him he couldn't bring his drink inside. Ward agreed to perform four hours of community service in exchange for having the charges dropped.      

Ward, 28, is coming off an excellent season for the Broncos, as he finished with 74 tackles and two interceptions while making his second Pro Bowl. He's a key component of one of the league's better secondaries and was expected to have another strong season for Denver's stout defense.

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Without him in the lineup for a tough Week 1 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13, the Broncos will be more vulnerable in the secondary.    

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