ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon was cited late Tuesday for driving under the influence and could now face league discipline as well as some questions from the team.
Police records show Gordon was also ticketed for speeding — between 25 and 39 mph over the posted limit — in downtown Denver. Gordon is scheduled for a Nov. 13 court date.
“We are aware of the situation involving Melvin Gordon,” the Broncos said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Our organization has been in communication with him and is in the process of gathering more details.”
Broncos players had Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off after their game against the New England Patriots — originally scheduled for this past Sunday, then postponed one day — was moved to this Sunday. Gordon was one of several Broncos players who took to social media over the weekend to express frustration that the team had essentially lost its bye week when the game against the Patriots was moved after a positive COVID-19 test by a New England player.
The team returned to work Wednesday morning. Gordon did not practice Wednesday, and coach Vic Fangio said later that he “didn’t want [Gordon] to practice until we got to the bottom of everything.”
“Talk to the league, get all the facts in order, before we make a decision about what we’re going to do and weigh the differences between what the mandated league punishment will be and anything we want to do in addition to that,” he said.
Fangio also said there will be some consequences for Gordon, saying the Broncos were open to disciplining him depending on what the league decided.
“I’m disappointed, but my own two kids have disappointed me at some points in their life, but I never stopped loving them,” Fangio said. “And he’s one of us, we’re going to love him, but there will be some consequences to this, to what happened [Tuesday] night.”
Fangio said he expected a decision on Gordon’s status for Sunday’s game against New England later in the week, either Thursday or Friday.
“Everything is open right now,” Fangio said.
Gordon could face league discipline, including a suspension, during the season. Broncos safety Kareem Jackson was suspended for the final two games of the 2019 season after a September DUI arrest last year, also in downtown Denver.
Gordon signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Broncos during the offseason and had his first 100-yard rushing game with the team, including a 43-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes, in an Oct. 1 win over the New York Jets.
He leads the Broncos in carries (65), rushing yards (281) and rushing touchdowns (3).
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