ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension Friday.
Williams was punished for violating the league's substance abuse policy following his conviction in August of driving while ability impaired.
He already was serving a six-game suspension to start the season for violating the league's banned-substances policy — such as performance enhancing drugs — after the NFL said he supplied a "non-human" urine sample during a drug test.
Williams, the team's leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, won't be eligible to return to the Broncos until Nov. 12.
He was originally slated to return in time for the game against New Orleans on Oct. 28, but will now miss that game and road contests at Cincinnati and Carolina, too.
The Broncos, who had been preparing for Williams' suspension to be extended, declined comment after arriving in New England for their game against the Patriots on Friday night.
Wesley Woodyard and Keith Brooking have shared snaps at weakside linebacker in Williams' absence.
Williams met with Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York last month in hopes of avoiding further punishment from the league following his latest run-in, a case that stemmed from a drunken driving arrest nearly two years ago.