Denver Broncos Lineman Is 10th NFL Player Suspended For Gambling

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on July 25, 2023
Denver Broncos Defensive Lineman Suspended For Gambling

The NFL has suspended another player for violating the league’s sports gambling policy.

As announced in a news release, the NFL has indefinitely suspended Denver Broncos defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike for betting on league games during the 2022 season.

The league’s statement reads:

“The NFL confirmed today that Eyioma Uwazurike of the Denver Broncos has been suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games in the 2022 season. Uwazurike will be eligible to petition for reinstatement no earlier than July 24, 2024.”

10th NFL player to be suspended this offseason

Uwazurike is the 10th player this offseason to be suspended for gambling on games or betting on other sports. He is the seventh player the NFL has suspended indefinitely this offseason. Three more players were suspended for part of the 2023 season for placing bets while on team property.

According to the league’s gambling policy, NFL players and personnel are not allowed to:

  • Place bets while in NFL facilities
  • Disclose any nonpublic NFL info
  • Enter a sportsbook during the NFL season
  • Maintain any social, business or personal relationships with sports bettors.

The Denver Broncos said they learned of the news Monday. In the statement, the team says it will fully cooperate with the sports betting investigation:

“Our organization fully cooperated with this investigation and takes matters pertaining to the integrity of the game very seriously.

The Denver Broncos will continue to provide all members of our organization with the necessary education, resources and support to ensure compliance with the NFL’s gambling policy.”

Uwazurike was a fourth-round draft pick from Iowa State in 2022 who played in eight games as a rookie.

The NFL’s most recent suspensions

Less than a month ago, the NFL suspended four players for violating the rules. They were:

  • Isaiah Rodgers, Indianapolis Colts
  • Rashod Berry, Indianapolis Colts
  • Demetrius Taylor, Free Agent
  • Nicholas Petit-Frere, Tennessee Titans

While Rodgers, Berry and Taylor were suspended indefinitely, Petie-Frere was banned for the first six regular-season games.

In late April, the league suspended Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney and four Lions players:

  • Jameson Williams
  • Quintez Cephus
  • Stanley Berryhill
  • C.J. Moore

All of them were suspended for violating the gambling policy.

Furthermore, New York Jets receivers coach Miles Austin got suspended for a year for betting on non-NFL sports in December.

As announced in early March, the league fully reinstated Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley. After betting on NFL games, Ridley got suspended for the whole 2022 season.

In November 2019, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended for betting on league gamed and hasn’t played in the NFL since.

Photo by Jack Dempsey/AP photo
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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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