ESPN: Denver Broncos LB Von Miller likely to be suspended for at least six games
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DENVER — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller could be suspended for at least six games as soon as today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday.
Miller, a two-time Pro Bowler who has proven key to the Broncos defense since he was drafted in 2011, is still trying to negotiate a lesser punishment for violating the National Football League’s drug policy. A four-game suspension initially seemed to be a possibility, but six now seems more likely, ESPN reported.
From @Mortreport and me: Broncos LB Von Miller likely will be suspended as soon as today for at least six games.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2013
League sources told The Denver Post that the violation stemmed neither from recreational drugs nor performance-enhancing drugs. Several other problems, such as skipping tests altogether, can also result in a violation.
Miller’s fate now seems especially vital for the Broncos after Saturday’s preseason loss against the Seattle Seahawks, in which multiple defensive players went down with injuries. Defensive end Derek Wolfe was briefly hospitalized with a neck injury, while cornerback Champ Bailey was seen on crutches following a foot injury.
Those players were expected to return in time for the regular season, but it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll be at 100 percent.