T.J. Ward had barely hit town when the Broncos strong safety made the type of headlines suitable for the crime pages.

Charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace after an early-morning incident at PT's All Nude club May 10, Ward was the subject of an arrest warrant last Thursday.

To his credit, Ward didn't run from the Denver media as the Broncos held their first organized team activities (OTA) practice Wednesday at their Dove Valley headquarters.

"Anytime there's a negative situation about yourself, it's a little embarrassing," Ward said after his first practice as a Bronco. "But I think it was kind of blown out of proportion. It was basically a ticket or a summons, and it wasn't supposed to be a warrant. There was miscommunication between the police department and myself, so that's why they issued that. But that's all being resolved."

Ward played his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns and was named to the Pro Bowl last season. He became a free agent in March and soon after signed a four-year contract with the Broncos that will pay him $7 million in salary and bonus this season.