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Texas authorities still investigating Antonio Smith as camp nears

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 17: Antonio Smith #94 of the Houston Texans works out on the field before the start of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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The Broncos report to camp Thursday, which means they need to make some decisions on where certain players stand.

That’s harder, since a set of local authorities in Texas are moving with Goodell-like speed on an investigation that began in February.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Fort Bend (Texas) County district attorney has not determined whether he’ll charge Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith for anything.

The complaint is still under investigation and no determination has been made to formally charge Mr. Smith at this time,” the Fort Bend, Texas District Attorney said Monday.

The Broncos excused the veteran lineman from OTAs after he was accused of criminal child sexual abuse, clearly not wanting to associate their brand with someone under investigation. But if they don’t hear something soon, it creates an interesting decision for them as players are about to show up for work.

They’ve stayed in contact with Smith throughout the offseason, so it’s unclear if they’re ready to part ways. From a purely football standpoint, they could use him, especially after Derek Wolfe was suspended four games for a PED violation.

But this case is obviously more sensitive, which is why some guidance from the legal system is something they’d probably prefer.