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Broncos' Sauerbrun cited for assault outside Cherry Creek restaurant

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Broncos' Sauerbrun cited for assault outside Cherry Creek restaurant

Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun, who was suspended for four games in the 2006 season for violating the NFL's steroids and other banned substances policy, could now face more league discipline.

Sauerbrun was cited for simple assault early Saturday for an incident outside a Cherry Creek restaurant, according to the Denver Police Department.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan could not be reached Sunday night for official comment. Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano said the team was aware of an incident but would have no comment.

Denver police spokesman John White said Sauerbrun was cited and taken to a detox facility before being released. He was not jailed.

The charge is a municipal ordinance violation, and Sauerbrun will be required to appear in Denver County Court in two weeks, White said.

Sources said Sunday night that Sauerbrun had called for a cab as he was leaving a Cherry Creek North restaurant, believed to be Ocean, at about 12:30 a.m., but he was asked to get out of the cab shortly after it arrived because of what was described as belligerent behavior.

The lounge at Ocean, according to the restaurant's Web site, is open until midnight Friday and Saturday.

The Broncos were investigating whether Sauerbrun struck the driver of the cab in the back of the head after being ordered out of the vehicle.

Sauerbrun played Sunday in the Broncos' 41-7 victory over the Chiefs but could not be reached following the game.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has instituted a tougher discipline policy this season and has said publicly he would be stricter on those he considered to be repeat offenders.

Sauerbrun could fall into that category since he was arrested for driving while impaired, speeding and driving without a license in December 2004 in Charlotte, N.C., while he was with the Carolina Panthers.

Sauerbrun pleaded guilty to the DWI charge and was placed on one year's probation and fined $100 just one week after the 2005 trade that brought him to the Broncos.

He has consistently called that arrest "embarrassing" and a "wake-up" call.

Sauerbrun played in all 16 games, in addition to two playoff games, for the Broncos in the 2005 season.

He was then suspended for the first four games last season for taking what he said was a tainted supplement after a workout.

The Broncos released him after he returned from the suspension, and he played two regular-season and three playoff games for the New England Patriots.

The Broncos then re-signed Sauerbrun in free agency earlier this year.

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