When Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon was charged with DUI earlier this season, we knew he would face a three-game suspension from the NFL. We just weren’t sure when the suspension would begin.
The league waits until legal processes have completed before handing out suspensions. Gordon’s court date is scheduled for today (Dec. 14), and the NFL might act quickly after Gordon’s trial.
As ESPN’s Jeff Legwold pointed out on Twitter, Denver safety Kareem Jackson received a two-game suspension for DUI one day after his court date last year. If the NFL acts that quickly this time, Gordon could be suspended as early as tomorrow (Dec. 15).
With just three games remaining, Gordon’s season would be over if the league hands down a three-week suspension. The suspension could prove costly for Gordon, as the Broncos might now be able to cut him in 2021 with a “dead money” salary cap hit of just $2 million due to a clause in the RB’s contract.
Gordon has rushed 162 times for 753 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games this season. If Gordon is suspended, Phillip Lindsay will serve as Denver’s primary running back with Royce Freeman rotating in. The Broncos might also consider adding a free agent RB or signing a RB off another team’s practice squad.