Denver Broncos’ T.J Ward is suspended for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, according to the Broncos.
Ward’s suspension is based on misdemeanor charges dating back to an incident from May 2014. Those charges were later dropped but Ward served four hours of community service.
The 28-year-old Broncos safety will miss the opener against the Baltimore Ravens, but is eligible to return for Denver’s Week 2 going up against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to NFL.
NFL explains that Ward struggled many times finishing as the league’s 131st-ranked safety out of 170 eligible players, per Pro Football Focus. Ward tallied two picks, a pair of sacks and 74 combined tackles after signing a four-year, $22.5 million deal.
David Bruton, safety, is set to take Ward’s spot in the lineup.
“My last name’s not Brady,” said Ward to The Denver Post when asked why he was handed the suspension. “It’s really unfair. I’m getting punished for being accused of doing something. Not doing something, but being accused. And I’ve got to pay the consequences.”