Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, who is serving a six-week suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, had three more weeks added to the punishment on Friday from an August drunk driving arrest.
The Denver Post reported that the three extra weeks tacked on to Williams' suspension means he cannot return to the team until Nov. 12. He will miss games against the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers.
Williams was eventually convicted of driving while ability impaired. It was his second drunk driving offense since he joined the team in 2004.
His initial suspension came after the league said he provided a "non-human" urine sample during a drug test last year.
He filed a lawsuit against the league to get the punishment overturned, but it was dismissed by circuit and appeals courts. His appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court has not been addressed yet.
The Broncos are 2-2 without Williams, who is on the "reserve/suspended" list. That does not count against the 53-man roster. Wesley Woodyard and Keith Brooking have split time filling in at Williams' inside linebacker spot.