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Will 10th Cir Reinstate DJ Williams Failed Drug Test Lawsuit?

By Robyn Hagan Cain | Last updated on

The bulk of the Tenth Circuit's docket is dedicated to reviewing Terry searches and evidence suppression. There are lots of drug appeals in the Denver-based court.

Soon, however, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals will get to tangentially rule on the Denver Broncos starting lineup. Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is currently appealing the dismissal of his lawsuit over a six-game suspension without pay for a failed drug test, reports The Denver Post.

Williams sued the NFL for suspending him after he reportedly failed multiple drug tests. He claims that the League violated protocol in collecting urine samples, reports The Associated Press. Last month, District Judge Christine Arguello dismissed his claim.

The League says that Williams failed drug tests twice, (at least one of those times involved a non-human urine sample), and was involved in shenanigans with a wayward bottle during a third urine test, according to The Denver Post. Both Williams and a Broncos trainer who was present during the third test deny that there was anything untoward in the bottle incident.

The NFL claims If Williams' appeal is denied, he will serve the six-game suspension at the beginning of the season for violating the NFL's anabolic steroid and related substances policy, reports

Williams has been a starter for the Broncos since he was drafted in 2004, reports The Denver Post. If the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denies his appeal, the Broncos could give Wesley Woodyard, Nate Irving, or Danny Trevathan his spot.

If you're a lawyer in need of a new job in Denver, consider applying to DJ Williams' legal team. Between his failed drug test appeals and his DUI trial, Williams gives his lawyer(s) plenty of business.

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