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Broncos’ Eyioma Uwazurike suspended for betting on NFL games

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL’s gambling policy, the league announced Monday.

Uwazurike wagered on NFL games during the 2022 season, the NFL said. He has until July 24, 2024 to apply for reinstatement.

Yuvazulik is the Broncos’ fourth-round pick in 2022. He played 8 games last season and had 165 defensive steals. He has the opportunity to get more playing time this season.

“We were notified (on Monday) by the NFL that Eyioma Uwazurike has been indefinitely suspended by the league for violating its gambling policy,” the Broncos said in a statement. “Our organization fully cooperates with this investigation and takes matters related to game integrity very seriously.”

The NFL has suspended 10 players this year for violating its gambling policy. Last month, three were suspended indefinitely: Isaiah Rodgers and Rashaud Berry of the Indianapolis Colts, and free agent Demetrius Taylor. Additionally, Tennessee Titans tackle Nicholas Pettit Freer was suspended for six games.

Earlier this year, four Detroit Lions players and one Washington Commanders player were suspended for violating the policy.

In 2022, then-Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for the entire season for violating the policy. Ridley was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this year.

The policy prohibits players from betting on the NFL; gambling at team facilities, including hotels during away games; avoiding having others bet on them; entering sports betting facilities; and playing fantasy football on a daily basis.

NFL officials say the league plans to tighten its gambling policies on players. All rookies are required to attend mandatory education sessions, and a team of league officials are taking in-person tours of team facilities to highlight and clarify which activities are prohibited.

During the Broncos’ offseason planning, coach Sean Payton was asked about the team’s efforts to make players aware and understand the league’s gambling policy.

“We got a package from the league,” he said at the time. “Obviously our job is to educate (players) when the policy changes. (Vice President of Football Operations and Compliance) Mark Thewes is fantastic. We’re expert teachers. We get the packets, we go through them, we study them, and we present them in our own PowerPoint. It took me maybe 20 minutes to really make sure everyone got it.

“If you’re a teacher and half your class is getting D’s, you better look at yourself. It’s not policy, it’s policy implementation, understanding and education. I brought it up a week and a half ago, and now someone’s making it official. Hopefully it doesn’t come from the eight-page handout we got because after I read it, it’s more confusing than it was before I read it. I think we’re all on the same page.”

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