Former Broncos Punter Sauerbrun Pleas Not Guilty In Assault Case

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Denver (AP) Former Denver Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of assault and disturbing the peace stemming from a December confrontation with a taxi driver.

Sauerbrun was ticketed and taken to a detox facility after the argument outside a Denver restaurant. He has said the allegations are false and called the incident “completely overblown.”

Sauerbrun entered his plea today and a trial is scheduled for April 29.

The Broncos released Sauerbrun, 38, shortly after the incident.

Sauerbrun had fallen out of favor with coach Mike Shanahan and Broncos fans during the 2007 season, most notably after 37-34 overtime loss to the Chicago bears. Devin Hester returned a Sauerbrun punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in that game, and Sauerbrun had another punt blocked.

He had signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract for the 2007 season, his second stint with the Broncos.

He had left Denver in 2006 to play for the New England Patriots. He was suspended by the National Football League for the first month of the 2006 season after using a banned dietary supplement.