Returning to a defense that didn't seem to miss him much, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is willing to do whatever it takes -- even play special teams -- to get back on the field after missing the first nine games of the season because of suspensions.
The ninth-year veteran, a former first-round draft pick, became eligible to regain his spot on the Denver roster Monday after missing six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, then another three as the result of his second alcohol-related driving conviction.
''I hope, sooner or later, I can get back to the role that I had before I left,'' said Williams, who has started all but six of his 120 career games in the NFL. ''But I realize it's going to be difficult just to jump back into that. But I'm ready to go whenever they throw me out there.''
Even if that means special teams?
''What, am I going to say no and just throw my hands in the air?...