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Broncos suspend Russell, Heckert

Effective today, the Broncos have suspended personnel director Matt Russell indefinitely without pay and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert for one month without pay in response to their recent DUI arrests.

The organization will provide them counseling and/or treatment as necessary, and according to the team, the NFL has decided not to impose further sanctions on the two executives.

Statements were released by the team on behalf of team president Joe Ellis and VP of football ops John Elway.

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Broncos’ DUI epidemic extends to players; Saulsberry arrested in May

Following the arrest of Matt Russell, and the delayed news of Tom Heckert's arrest, the Broncos and team president Joe Ellis put out some strongly worded statements expressing just how upset they were.

However, the organization is apparently content to wait for the local newspaper to dig up police records, rather than get out in front of what is apparently an epidemic.

For the third time in less than a week, news has emerged of a Broncos DUI arrest, this time involving backup center Quentin Saulsberry.

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Lombardi: Broncos have (wisely) offered Clady $33M in guarantees

According to CBS4's Vic Lombardi, the Broncos have gotten serious in their negotiation with Ryan Clady toward a long-term deal. Lombardi reports that the team's latest offer includes $33M in guarantees, which would cover the first three years of a multiyear contract.

If that's $33M in full guarantees - meaning there are no outs for the team, like the one that resulted in Elvis Dumervil's release - then a deal must indeed be getting pretty close, as CBS4 suggests.

Reports from the DP's Mike Klis have varied wildly, pegging the guaranteed portion of Denver's final 2012 offer at $28M last July, and at just $16M more recently.

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Like Russell, Heckert facing DUI charges

During the football-free period between minicamp and training camp, NFL teams cross their fingers, hoping their players will avoid run-ins with the law. But for the 2013 Broncos, such worries are apparently better placed with front office personnel.

For the second time in as many days, news emerges that a Denver executive has been arrested for drunk driving, this time director of pro personnel Tom Heckert.

Heckert, who joined the team in May following stints with the Eagles and Browns, was arrested on June 11 in Parker, although thankfully in less dramatic fashion than Russell, who crashed into a parked police cruiser in Breckenridge over the weekend.

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Broncos reportedly up offer to Clady

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos have increased their offer to left tackle Ryan Clady beyond the five-year, $50M figure they were said to have presented him last July, when talks between the two sides broke down.

Denver used its franchise tag on Clady, and the two sides have until 4pm ET on Monday, July 15, to reach agreement on a long-term deal. If they again reach a stalemate, Clady would play out the one-year, $9.828M tender, which he has not yet signed.

If that should happen, the three-time Pro Bowler would become an unrestricted free agent, unless the Broncos were to again tag him, but at a 20% premium (to $11.7936M).

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Matt Russell rear-ends police cruiser, faces DUI charges

Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested Saturday night in Breckenridge, and faces charges of driving under the influence, careless driving resulting in injury, having an open container of alcohol in his car, and failure to display proof of insurance.

Russell first struck a car in Frisco, and police in the area were on the lookout for his vehicle, when he crashed into a Breckenridge police cruiser. The officer in the vehicle was hospitalized with what were thankfully minor injuries, and has since been released.

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Daily Hernandez

Ernest Wallace, the third suspect in the Odin Lloyd homicide case, turned himself into authorities in Florida on Friday, and agreed to return to Massachussetts to face a single count of accessory after the fact to murder.

Wallace had been characterized by Massachussetts police as armed and dangerous; his attorney claims Wallace was visiting his mother and other family members in Florida, when he saw on television that there was a warrant out for his arrest.

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Report: Hernandez possible suspect in 2012 double murder; may be related to Lloyd’s slaying

According to Boston's Fox 25, accused murderer and former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being investigated as a possible suspect in a 2012 double homicide (via CBS).

Early on the morning of July 16, 2012, three men were shot, two of them fatally, while sitting in a car at the Boston intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street. The victims were reportedly involved in a nightclub fight with a group that included Hernandez; witnesses said the shooters were in a silver SUV with Rhode Island plates.

Updated 3:53pm ET

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Released by Patriots, Hernandez faces first degree murder charge, five weapons counts; bail denied

Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning, paraded out of his North Attleborough, MA home in handcuffs; Hernandez's arraignment began at 2:40pm ET today and ran for 40 minutes.

He pleaded not guilty to six charges, including one count of first degree murder and five weapons counts in the execution-style death of 27-year-old semipro football player Odin Lloyd, and has been ordered held without bail.

The Patriots did not wait for the charges to be made public (we'll presume the team had an inkling) - they announced at 10:20am ET that they have released (waived, really) Hernandez.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Pats had decided as early as last week that if Hernandez were to be arrested, they would cut ties with the Florida alum.

Updated 7:53pm ET - more links added

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ABC News: Hernandez arrest expected today

An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued Friday morning for Pats tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the execution-style murder of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

According to CBS Boston, and as originally reported by WBZ NewsRadio 1030, Hernandez will be charged with obstruction of justice, with the possibility for upgraded or additional charges. The 23-year-old star has reportedly been uncooperative since retaining legal representation, and this charge is seen as being intended to compel his cooperation.

The warrant follows reports that Hernandez's cellphone and the hard drive for the video surveillance system at his home had been severely damaged, and that a cleaning crew had been brought to the house on Monday.

Updated 12:59pm ET

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