Broncos' T.J. Ward fears suspension, accuses Chiefs of being a 'dirty team'

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward fears he will be suspended for a second time this season after he was ejected for taking a swing at Kansas City Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Ward was penalizedfor launching himself for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Maclin, after Maclin tried to block Ward at the end of Charcandrick West's catch-and-run touchdown with 11:10 remaining in the Broncos' 29-13 loss to the Chiefs.

Ward then took a swing at Maclin as the two players landed on the ground after the hit.

"I got emotional," Ward said after the game. "I didn't really punch him. I don't even think that I punched him, if you see it, but it looked like a windup. You can take it how it is. It was an emotional game. A hard-fought [game] for us, defensively with a lot of things going on that you guys weren't able to see. I lost control."

Ward, however, continued to say that the Chiefs were "a pretty dirty team" and "were doing cheap things all game."

"It was their team as a whole," Ward said. "They were a pretty dirty team: the O-linemen, receivers and tight ends. They were doing it last game, and they continued to do it this game. It took an effect on me."

Maclin took offense to Ward's claims, responding on Twitter.

The incident comes just one week after Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was suspended for one game because of a postplay jab into the eye of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.

Ward already wassuspended for the season opener fora violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy, stemming from an incident in May 2014.

ESPN Staff Writer Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.