DENVER -- Shiloh Keo reconnected with Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Twitter last year. It made for a cool story -- if not a little out of context since Keo played for Phillips in Houston -- when Keo became a solid special teams contributor in the playoffs.
However, Keo became the victim of youth and circumstance on Saturday. The Broncos released the veteran safety, who was serving the second game of a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The ban traced back to Keo's DUI arrest on Feb. 13 in Idaho. Keo pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge, leaving him in line for discipline which the league announced on Aug. 12.
After struggling as an emergency fill-in following injuries to T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart in losses to Oakland and Pittsburgh, Keo found his footing. He intercepted a pass in the regular-season finale and recovered an onside kick in the playoffs. He ran second team in training camp, but was deemed expendable with the development of rookie safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks. Keo was due to make $760,000 this season. He could be brought back if an injury surfaces.
Keo would have been eligible to return on Monday when his salary would have become guaranteed. When coach Gary Kubiak led Houston, the Texans drafted Keo in the fifth round in 2011. Keo owns 68 career tackles and three interceptions.