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The Denver Broncos are unsettled at their third starting linebacker position. Ian Gold will start on the weak side, D.J. Williams will be in the middle, and there are many candidates to play the strong side. Read more about the linebackers and all the latest Broncos' news in today's Broncos Update Insider.

Faced with a potentially long legal battle and perhaps a tenuous roster spot, Denver Broncos receiver David Kircus told coach Mike Shanahan he wanted to take a lie-detector test.

Kircus insisted he didn't throw the first punch in a fight that ended up with him being charged with second-degree assault. On May 20, Kircus attended a party and was asked to leave by the homeowner, and when the argument continued outside Kircus punched him in the face and left, according to police reports.

Shanahan said he would release Kircus if he was at fault in that incident. Kircus wanted to prove he wasn't the aggressor, so he brought up the idea of a lie-detector test.

"I told him I defended myself, and I told him I would take a lie-detector test and I would do whatever it takes to get the team and the coaches to believe me," Kircus said. "It was the truth. I had nothing to hide."

Shanahan had the test administered by a professional, and Kircus passed.

"He passed with flying colors, so he will be on our football team," Shanahan said.

Kircus admitted that he was concerned about losing the trust of the coaches and teammates. He has only been with the team one year, and said he doesn't know if his court case will take six months or more. He didn't want any uncertainty with the organization hanging over his head.

"I wanted to get it out of the way right away just in their eyes that you know, I want you guys to believe in me and know that I did defend myself," Kircus said.

NOTES, QUOTES

--The Broncos are unsettled at their third starting linebacker position. Ian Gold will start on the weak side, D.J. Williams will be in the middle, and there are many candidates to play the strong side.

One surprising candidate is Eddie Moore, the former Dolphin who was out of football last season but has taken many of the snaps with the starting defense. He has an edge over Warrick Holdman, the other top candidate for the job, because of his knowledge of assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates' defensive scheme. Moore played for Bates in Miami.

--At right offensive guard, Chris Kuper and Montrae Holland have rotated equally with the starters and second team. Kuper didn't play last year as a rookie, but he impressed the coaches in training camp. Holland has experience, having started some games for the Saints.

The Broncos are looking for a new right guard because they let Cooper Carlisle leave in free agency. Carlisle signed with the Raiders.

--Cecil Sapp is getting a chance to play tailback. Sapp played fullback last year, and had some big plays from the position. Sapp was a college tailback, and has been working behind Travis Henry in the Broncos' minicamps.

--The Broncos will hold the conclusion of their team camp from June 4-8, then have about a month off before the mandatory minicamp in early July. Training camp starts in late July.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Maybe I put myself in the wrong situation as far as being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and I admit that 100 percent. That's something I learned from already and I'll never do again." -- WR David Kircus on his involvement in a fight, which led to second-degree assault charges.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
--LB Louis Green: Potential RFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--FB Kyle Johnson: RFA; terms unknown.
--WR Quincy Morgan: UFA; terms unknown.
--DT Kenny Peterson: UFA; terms unknown.
--FB Cecil Sapp: RFA; $1.3M/1 yr.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--CB Dre' Bly (trade Lions).
--TE Daniel Graham: UFA Patriots; $30M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.
--RB Travis Henry: FA Titans; 5 yrs, $12M guaranteed; other terms unknown.
--LB Warrick Holdman: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.
--OG Montrae Holland: UFA Saints; $1M/1 yr, SB unknown.
--LB D.D. Lewis: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.
--DT Alvin McKinley: UFA Browns; $8M/4 yrs, SB unknown.
--QB Patrick Ramsey: FA Jets; $4.5M/2 yrs, SB unknown.
--P Todd Sauerbrun: UFA Patriots; $820,000/1 yr.
--FB Paul Smith: UFA Rams; $2.55M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB.
--WR Brandon Stokley: FA Colts; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR David Terrell: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST
--RB Tatum Bell (traded Lions).
--DE Courtney Brown (released).
--LB Keith Burns: UFA; retired.
--OG Cooper Carlisle: UFA Raiders; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE Patrick Chukwurah: UFA Buccaneers; $5.5M/5 yrs, SB unknown.
--RB Cedric Cobbs (released).
--OT George Foster (traded Lions).
--DT Michael Myers: UFA Bengals; $1.65M/2 yrs, $100,000 SB.
--RB Damien Nash (deceased).
--QB Jake Plummer (traded Buccaneers).
--CB Darrent Williams (deceased).
--LB Al Wilson (released; post-June 1 designation).



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