DENVER (AP) -Broncos receiver David Kircus's job is no longer in jeopardy over allegations he threw a punch that landed a man in the hospital with multiple facial fractures.
Coach Mike Shanahan, who had pledged to release Kircus if it was determined he was at fault in the fight, said Tuesday that Kircus passed a lie detector test administered by an expert. Kircus will remain with the team regardless of the legal outcome of his case.
``David came to me and said, 'Hey coach, I guarantee I did not take the first swing. I defended myself. I probably used poor judgment, being at the wrong place at the wrong time.'
``I said, 'Well David, I'll give you a chance to take a lie detector test, and he wanted to do that. And he passed it with flying colors, so he will be on our football team,'' Shanahan said.
Kircus faces a second-degree assault charge that carries a prison term of two to six years. He is accused of punching a 26-year-old man and telling him ``You don't know what I'm capable of'' after a party in suburban Denver on May 20.
Kircus is free on $6,000 bail.
Shanahan said an expert who ``does it for a living'' administered the lie detector test on Friday.
``If he flunked the test, he would not be with us,'' Shanahan said. ``He wanted to take the test. He said, 'Coach, if I flunk it, I won't be on this football team. If I do pass it, I'll be on this team.' I said, 'Hey, that's fair enough for me.'
``Anybody that wants to go in there and take a lie detector test where his career is based on whether it comes out positive or negative, I've got a good feeling'' that he defended himself in the fight, Shanahan said.
Kircus, who has not spoken publicly about the alleged assault, declined comment again Tuesday when the Broncos began their seven-day camp.
Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8 yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last year.

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