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Broncos excuse Antonio Smith from OTAs

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Facing an investigation, the Broncos' defensive end has been excused from OTAs.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos' Antonio Smith has been excused from OTAs this week, reports Mike Klis of 9NEWS.

After several discussions with Smith, Broncos general manager John Elway, head coach Gary Kubiak and president Joe Ellis decided it would be best if Smith "took time away from the team to focus on resolving his legal situation," writes Klis.

Smith has not been charged, and the investigation is now in the hands of the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office, who received in February the report from the sheriff's office based on a claim made last November.

The timeline of events is as follows:

November 2014 - Complaint against Smith sent to Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

February 2015 - Investigation of complaint completed, findings delivered to District Attorney's Office.

April 2, 2015 - Broncos sign Smith to a one-year, $2 million contract, unaware of the allegations against Smith.


What happens next?

No charges have been issued at this juncture. Smith is awaiting a decision by the DA's office whether an indictment will be issued through a grand jury or the case will be dismissed.

If Smith were to be indicted, the Broncos front office will likely take quick and decisive action to cut him from the roster.

Even if no charges are filed, according to the new NFL personal conduct rules, the league could suspend Smith up to six games.

MHR will keep you updated on this story.