Broncos did not elaborate on reason
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 Chicago.
"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 hurt."
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 training camp.
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.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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