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Dunn told jurors that Williams failed sobriety tests, despite the athleticism he shows on the field.

“This is somebody who can absolutely wreck a quarterback, wreck a running back, but he can’t walk a straight line,” he said.

The Broncos stripped the linebacker of his team captain title shortly after his arrest _ the second time in seven seasons that he was detained for suspicion of drunken driving. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to impaired driving.

Because of his pending suspension, Williams hasn’t practiced with the starters at training camp, so the team can prepare his replacement, which appears to be Wesley Woodyard.

Williams didn’t do any contact work at camp until Monday when he worked with the second stringers after free agent linebacker Keith Brooking left practice with a pulled hamstring.

Williams has led the Broncos in tackles the past three seasons and five times overall in his eight years since joining the NFL as Denver’s top draft pick in 2004 out of the University of Miami.

His trial was delayed several times, including after he suffered a dislocated right elbow last fall during a game. The case was supposed to be resolved in May, but a judge declared a mistrial after Williams‘ attorney objected to how the jury was selected.

Steinberg asked for a mistrial again on Wednesday, this time arguing that the testimony of one officer was prejudicial to Williams. At issue was the officer’s answer, in response to a prosecutor’s question, that sober people are not admitted into detox facilities.

Williams was expected to return to Broncos practice Thursday while the NFL reviews the outcome of the trial.


AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.


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