Denver Broncos tight end Clarence Kay, already facing possible suspension as a potential three-time loser for substance abuse, was arrested yesterday following an incident at his ex-girlfriend's house, authorities said.

His arrest initially cast doubts whether he would fly with the team to Tokyo today for the weekend game against Seattle. But a late-night Denver County Court hearing released him on $550 bond, with his next court appearance set for Aug. 10.

Police spokesman John Schnittgrund said Kay was arrested for disturbance, trespassing and destruction of private property for breaking a window.

Kay was booked into Denver City Jail and was first scheduled to appear before a judge no earlier than 8:30 this morning. The Broncos' plane was scheduled to leave Denver at 10 a.m.

Coach Dan Reeves said there "certainly won't be any provisions made" to delay the team's departure.

Meanwhile, Kay faces a possible lifetime suspension from the NFL because of his recent conviction for driving while impaired. He has twice tested positive for cocaine use.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will determine if this latest violation constitutes a third strike against the league's substance-abuse policy.

New York Giants: Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Mark Bavaro had surgery on his left knee and will miss at least a week of training camp, Coach Bill Parcells said.

Bavaro could be sidelined 10 days.