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Broncos will keep Kircus after WR passes lie-detector test

DENVER -- Broncos receiver David Kircus' job is no longer
in jeopardy over allegations he threw a punch that landed a man in
the hospital with multiple facial fractures.

Anybody that wants to go in there and take a lie-detector test
where his career is based on whether it comes out positive or
negative, I've got a good feeling.

Mike Shanahan

Coach Mike Shanahan, who had pledged to release Kircus if it was
determined he was at fault in the fight, said Tuesday that Kircus
passed a lie-detector test administered by an expert and will
remain with the team regardless of the legal outcome of his case.

"David came to me and said, 'Hey coach, I guarantee I did not
take the first swing. I defended myself. I probably used poor
judgment, being at the wrong place at the wrong time.'

"I said, 'Well David, I'll give you a chance to take a
lie-detector test,' and he wanted to do that. And he passed it with
flying colors, so he will be on our football team," Shanahan said.

Kircus faces a second-degree assault charge that carries a
prison term of two to six years. He is accused of punching a
26-year-old man and telling him "You don't know what I'm capable
of" after a party in suburban Denver on May 20.

Kircus is free on $6,000 bail.

Shanahan said an expert who "does it for a living"
administered the lie-detector test on Friday.

"If he flunked the test, he would not be with us," Shanahan
said. "He wanted to take the test. He said, 'Coach, if I flunk it,
I won't be on this football team. If I do pass it, I'll be on this
team.' I said, 'Hey, that's fair enough for me.'

"Anybody that wants to go in there and take a lie-detector test
where his career is based on whether it comes out positive or
negative, I've got a good feeling" that he defended himself in the
fight, Shanahan said.

Kircus, who has not spoken publicly about the alleged assault,
declined comment again Tuesday when the Broncos began their
seven-day camp.

Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the
team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8
yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last
year.