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Could a DUI affect Denver Broncos opponent?

The NFL’s preseason exhibition games begin this week. Our Denver Broncos kick off Friday night, but the real season begins a month later. And then a month after the season opener, the team faces the tough Arizona Cardinals led by Pro Bowl outside linebacker John Abraham and others.

Abraham, 36, was recently arrested on charges that include DUI. It’s not known if his arrest will make him subject to legal or league punishments that could affect his status for the game scheduled for October 5 at Denver’s Mile High Stadium.

Abraham, the former South Carolina standout, has also played for the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.

The NFL’s active sacks leader was arrested in DeKalb County, Georgia. Football fans might recall that while the star was with the Jets, he was arrested in 2003 for DUI after his SUV hit a fire hydrant and light pole.

He wound up pleading guilty in the case and said afterwards that the process was “a bigger headache than it’s worth.”

Abraham recorded 11.5 sacks last year for the Cardinals, a team many said was surprisingly good. This year’s squad might be even better.

Of course, with a DUI conviction on his record, the current accusations take on greater significance for the veteran linebacker. It’s reasonable to assume that he will be represented by legal counsel experienced in vigorously defending clients in driving under the influence cases.

Though the 6'4", 250-pound-plus Abraham might be bigger than the average person, the law can hit him just as hard as anyone else accused of drunk driving.

Source:, "Cardinals linebacker John Abraham accused of DUI in suburban Atlanta," Bob McManaman, July 29, 2014

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