GLENDALE, ARIZ. – Shiloh Keo was a tad overqualified to play in the fourth and final preseason game Thursday night, which explains why he may have been the Denver Broncos’ best player on the field.
A fifth-year veteran, Keo played as if wasn’t going to get a chance to play for a while. After making seven tackles and breaking up a pass from his strong safety position in the Broncos’ 38-17 loss Thursday night to Arizona, Keo officially started his two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Keo plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence stemming from an incident in which he was pulled over in Idaho for a faulty tail light on Feb. 13 – six days after he contributed as a reserve/special team’s player in the Broncos defeat of the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50.
Keo won’t be available to play in the rematch with Carolina on Thursday night (9NEWS-TV) at soon-to-be-renamed Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“For starters I feel like I let the team down, and I feel bad for that,” Keo said. “It’s been a rough offseason dealing with the ups and downs, the DUI, but I’ve learned from it. I want to turn it into something positive. I feel like I have the platform to reach out to the youth and affect somebody’s life down the road.
“I don’t have any excuses. I should have made a better decision. It’s unfortunate because I put myself in this position where I’m not available for the first two weeks.’’
For now Keo is on the Broncos’ reserve suspended list which means he’s not on the 53-man roster. Under the league’s substance abuse policy Keo is allowed to attend certain meetings and work out at team’s headquarters so long as he doesn’t attend practice.
Bronco’s general manager John Elway said a decision on whether to activate Keo wouldn’t be made until his suspension is lifted following the Broncos’ second game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 18.
The Broncos currently have just four safeties – starters T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart, and rookie backups Justin Simmons and Will Parks.
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