Kenny Peterson, whose preospects of making the team heading into Training Camp were long at best, saw those odds increase further with the news that he'll miss the first four games of the 2007 season after testing positive for steroids.
The Broncos released an NFL statement saying Peterson will be suspended without pay for the first four games of 2007 starting Aug. 31. The statement said Peterson had violated the policy on anabolic steroids and related substances but didn't specify what he had done.
As a result of the suspension, Peterson will forfeit $140,000 of his scheduled base salary of $595,000 for 2007.
Peterson will be able to join the Broncos for training camp but won't be able to return to the active roster until Oct. 1 after the Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts.
Peterson was cut by Green Bay last September and signed with the Broncos to replace Courtney Brown, who had to undergo a left knee operation five weeks into the season.
Green Bay picked Peterson in the third round of the 2003 draft.
Let's face it, Peterson is probably as good as gone once we get to Training Camp. Shanny has little patience for this sort of thing(see Todd Sauerbrun) and even less when you are a fringe player. Couple that with the depth on the D-Line and Peterson should look forward to a pretty pink slip in the near future....