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.

Mike Klis reports that Elway will look both internally and externally to fill the duties of Russell and Heckert in their absence.

According to NFLN's Albert Breer, the incident that led to Russell's arrest and suspension included striking a parked police SUV at 40 mph.

Breer says the organization may face a fine from the league for its employees' multiple legal infractions.

As the team continually issues strongly worded statements about drunk driving and about setting a positive example, it will be interesting to see whether players are punished for similar infractions.

News also broke on Monday that backup center Quentin Saulsberry was arrested in May on suspicion of DUI, so we may learn sooner than later how Denver plans to address player DUI arrests.

According to the UTSD's player arrest database, which goes back to the year 2000, other Broncos players to be arrested for drunk driving include Matt Prater, Knowshon Moreno, D.J. Williams, Brandon Marshall, Karl Paymah, John Mobley, and Brian Griese.

Williams was suspended three games in 2012 for a DWAI conviction, but that penalty was handed down by the league, not by the Broncos.

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