DENVER -- Even in the final hours before the start of the regular season, the Broncos still cannot escape a host of troubles that have trailed them in recent months.
Tight end Julius Thomas is expected to start against the Baltimore Ravens despite Thursday's public acknowledgement from team officials that Thomas was arrested Aug. 28 -- the day before the Broncos' preseason finale against Arizona -- for failing to appear in court for a traffic citation.
Thomas is the second Broncos player arrested since training camp opened for failing to make a court appearance, joining linebacker Von Miller. Records indicate Thomas was stopped for speeding in Arapahoe County, near the Broncos' complex, and the outstanding warrant was discovered at that time.
He was released on $500 bond the same day. The warrant stemmed from a missed March 21 court date. Thomas had been cited Jan. 25 for failing to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle.
News of the arrest was circulating on Twitter late Wednesday night, but the Broncos did not publicly confirm the arrest until Thursday.
It all joins the pile for the Broncos after Miller's arrest and six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy to go with two of Denver's top personnel executives suspended by the team after each had offseason DUI arrests. Director of player personnel Matt Russell remains suspended indefinitely while pro personnel director Tom Heckert has returned to work after a one-month suspension.
As they have with all the off-the-field issues, the Broncos said they have dealt "internally" with Thomas' arrest.