The Denver Broncos officially added outside linebacker D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster on Saturday, and the veteran should play on Sunday after missing the first nine games of the 2012 season while serving two suspensions, a six-game ban for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs and a three-game suspension for an alcohol-related offense. As reported by Mike Klis of The Denver Post, Williams returns with a reduced salary . Originally scheduled to earn $5 million in base salary in 2012, Williams’ salary was reduced by $100,000 to $4.9 million when the PEDs suspension prevented him from being on the roster on the Wednesday prior to the regular season-opener. Though he was still serving his suspension during last Sunday’s 36-14 win over the Carolina Panthers, Williams was paid at the $4.9 million rate ($288,235) as the Broncos had a bye week during his suspension. When Williams returned to the team on Nov. 12, he agreed to a restructured contract, which Klis originally reported, that reduced his base salary for the remainder of the season to a rate of $1,607,200, which over the final seven weeks of the season, amounts to $661,788. Adding that figure to the $288,235 he made during the last week of his suspension, Williams will earn $950,023 in base salary this season. The Broncos did, however, provide two paths for Williams to recoup some of his lost earnings.
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