A source told Mile High Sports’ Robin Carlin on Thursday that Porter, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason, may not only be suffering from seizure problems, but he may not be seeing eye-to-eye with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, either. Porter is sitting out due to poor performance and to what the Broncos coaching staff perceives as a “bad attitude;” the Broncos may look to move Porter in the near future as a result.
The Broncos strongly denied this report immediately after it was released, with a club spokesman calling it “completely erroneous.” According to the Denver Post‘s Mike Klis, Porter has been suffering from seizures from the preseason, and that is the reason for his absence.
Porter himself strongly denied the claim on Thursday as well, tweeting a strong denial shortly after the report was released.
According to the same source, the 26-year-old cornerback and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have not been seeing eye-to-eye and Porter’s attitude has been a growing problem, and following a combined three interceptions and two touchdowns from Broncos cornerbacks Chris Harris and Tony Carter in the Broncos 35-24 comeback win over the Chargers on Oct. 15, Porter is now seen as replaceable.
Carter is expected to see additional playing time in Porter’s likely absence.
Porter has 21 tackles and an interception in five games with the Broncos this year. The Louisiana native was signed by the Broncos from the Saints in March to help shore up a Broncos secondary that struggled in 2011.
Two phone messages left with Porter’s publicist and Porter himself for comment have not been returned.
Brent W. New contributed to this report.