Denver Broncos Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward was suspended one game for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy more than 15 months after an alleged incident at a Denver strip club, sources have told FOX Sports.
The sources said Ward was appealing the decision over the past few weeks and the appeal has been denied. He will sit out the team's regular-season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
Police charged Ward with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace after he allegedly threw a glass mug at a waitress at PT's All Nude in May 2014, shortly after he signed a four-year, $23 million deal with the Broncos. Last August, the charges against Ward were dropped when he agreed to four hours of community service.
Ward has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons and was named a second-team All Pro in 2013. Per the team's depth chart, David Bruton Jr., their fourth-round pick in 2009 and a special-teams contributor, would be in line to start in Ward's absence.