Broncos players plan to appeal suspensions

Three Denver Broncos players were suspended on Friday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's office for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing substances policy.

Linebacker D.J. Williams and defensive tackle Ryan McBean were each handed six-game suspensions, while tight end Virgil Green was suspended for the first four games of 2012.

Williams, a starter since 2004, took issue with the suspension and told the Denver Post he plans action against the NFL over the suspension.

"I have never failed a test of any kind — for steroids or illegal substances — during my eight-year pro career. I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen," Williams said.

Peter Schaffer, who represents McBean, said his client will join in on the proposed legal action.

"I am going to vigorously fight to make sure Ryan McBean is completely exonerated," Schaffer said. "He's done nothing wrong. He's not been tested positive for anything. Ryan's rights have been so violated by the NFL, it's shameful."

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