ATLANTA — The Ravens could be without a couple of key players in their Sept. 13 regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos, including running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, wide receiver Breshad Perriman and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
The Broncos learned Thursday that they'll be without a key defensive starter as well.
Denver announced that Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward will be suspended for the opener for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. The suspension is post-appeal, so the decision is final.
Ward, a former second-round NFL draft pick of the Cleveland Browns who made the Pro Bowl last year in his first season with the Broncos, was suspended because of a May 2014 incident in which he was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace for his alleged role in an incident at a Denver strip club. Ward performed four hours of community service to have the charges dropped.
Ward had 74 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions for the Broncos last year. With him sidelined, David Bruton Jr. could start opposite former Ravens safety Darian Stewart.