Broncos DE Eyioma Uwazurike suspended for betting on NFL games


The NFL has suspended Eyioma Uwazurike indefinitely. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The NFL announced on Monday that it has suspended Denver Broncos defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike indefinitely for betting on league games.

Uwazurike placed the bets during the 2022 season, according to the league. The NFL didn’t clarify if Uwazurike bet on Broncos games. He won’t be eligible to petition for reinstatement until 2024, meaning that he’ll miss the entirety of the 2023 season at a minimum.

Uwazurike, 25, joined the Broncos as a rookie in 2022 as a fourth-round draft pick out of Iowa State. He played in eight games as a backup, tallying 17 tackles, 2 quarterback hits and 1 pass defended. He was scheduled to play the 2023 season on the second year of a four-year, $4.4 million contract, $765,000 of which was guaranteed via signing bonus.

Uwazurike is the 10th player suspended by the NFL since April for violations of the league’s gambling policy. The NFL previously suspended then Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley for the 2022 season for a gambling-policy violation. Ridley has since been reinstated and will play for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season after a trade from Atlanta.



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