DENVER -- The Denver Broncos suspended Daryl Gardener for
one game Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team, four months
after the defensive tackle tore ligaments in his right wrist in an
altercation outside a pancake house.
The team would not say why Gardener was suspended nor would his
agent, Neil Schwartz. He will miss Denver's game Sunday against
"He's upset, frustrated, disappointed," Schwartz said. "He
obviously wants to play, he wants to play this Sunday and help the
team. He wants to help the Broncos out, he wants to compete. He's
Gardener was Denver's top defensive free agent signing in the
offseason, a big player -- 6-foot-6, 295 pounds -- who was expected
to plug the middle and get to the quarterback. It hasn't worked out
that way so far.
Gardener was arrested July 18 on suspicion of disorderly conduct
for a late-night fight outside a pancake house. He underwent
surgery for a dislocated wrist stemming from the fight and missed
Gardener returned to practice Sept. 12, but lingering pain in
his wrist kept him off the field the next four games. He saw
limited action his first two games before moving into the starting
lineup against Baltimore on Oct. 26.
Gardener started again the following week against New England,
but was relegated to a backup role against San Diego on Sunday. He
has 15 tackles and no sacks in five games after signing a
seven-year, $34.8 million deal with Denver.