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Suspensions hit McBean and Williams

The Sports Xchange

--As Broncos headquarters buzzed with Peyton Manning's visit, news broke that defensive lineman Ryan McBean and linebacker D.J. Williams would be suspended for six games apiece for violating the league's substance-abuse policy regarding PEDs.

Williams wasted little time asserting his innocence. He quickly issued a statement calling his suspension "unjust,"? claiming that the NFL said his specimen was a "non-human"? sample and that his sample was "compromised"? and the test "corrupted."

Three days later, attorney Peter Ginsberg filed a lawsuit on behalf of Williams and McBean claiming that the suspension should be reversed.

As the legal challenge continues, the Broncos could be faced with a dilemma in free agency. Williams' backup in 2011, Wesley Woodyard, hit free agency on Tuesday, and is looking for a full-time starting job and a contract reflecting that status. But with Williams potentially out for nearly half the season, re-signing Woodyard could become a higher Denver priority.

McBean, a backup, was given a restricted free agent tender of $1.26 million.

--Tight end Virgil Green was also suspended for four games, but his suspension was tied to his ADHD medication, he claims.

"I was suspended for taking ADHD medication prior to approval from NFL. I have now been approved to take the medication to treat my ADHD,"? he said via Twitter, "I apologize to my teammates, the Bronco Organization and my family and friends."

Green was primarily a blocking tight end last season after the Broncos took him in the seventh round of the draft.

--With Brian Dawkins' future still up in the air, the Broncos' first task when free agency began was to find a safety.

The chase began when they had Chicago's Brandon Meriweather in for a visit to team headquarters on the first evening of free agency. A day later, Cleveland safety Mike Adams announced on his Twitter feed that he would visit the Broncos.

Adams started all 16 games last year for the first time in his career.

If Dawkins retires, the Broncos are left with nothing but young safeties. No Bronco safety under contract for 2012 has started more than 11 career regular-season games, and the complement includes two 2011 draft picks (Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore) and 2009 pick David Bruton, who became a starter late in 2011 after Dawkins was hurt and Moore's struggles sent him tumbling down the depth chart.

Thursday, Meriweather signed with Washington, and later ion the day, Adams agreed to sign with the Broncos

"I would take a huge pay cut to get Mario Williams and Peyton Manning! I just want to win!" -- Linebacker Von Miller, via his Twitter feed.

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