Posted August 20, 2013

Von Miller suspended for the first six games of the 2013 season

AFC West, Denver Broncos, Uncategorized
Von Miller will miss the first six games of the 2013 regular season. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Von Miller will miss the first six games of the 2013 regular season. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

The Sword of Damocles the Denver Broncos have been awaiting? The NFL dropped it on Tuesday afternoon, when it was officially announced that outside linebacker Von Miller will be suspended for the first six games of the 2013 NFL season for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

“The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules,” Miller said in a statement. “Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”

Miller would be scheduled to return to action for the Broncos on Oct. 20, when they face the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

According to multiple sources and reported by multiple outlets, Miller was flagged in the testing process for a diluted sample, and the NFL announced that he would be suspended as a result. Miller had already tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines in 2011, and there was some discussion as to whether Miller would appeal the testing process leading to that result. He met last Thursday to decide whether to appeal his current suspension, and decided not to at that time.

“Obviously, we’re frustrated with what’s happened—and disappointed in Von,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said. “I think the way that I’ve looked at this, and we’ll continue to look at this, is the fact that the decision that’s come down—we’ll live with that decision. What I’d like to do is try to do everything we can to prevent any other situations. Whatever we have to do as an organization to try to help Von, we want to be able to do. Put aside the fact that he’s a good football player—him as a person. And it’s time that if we can get him help to help him take that next step in the maturation process, we want to do that. We’ll take it one step at a time and the first step now is to make sure that we’re getting Von the help that he needs to get.”

Miller ran with the ones in Denver’s Tuesday afternoon practice. The Broncos are preparing to play the St. Louis Rams this Saturday.

“I’m blessed to be here, to play with the Denver Broncos, blessed to have great fans and teammates,” Miller told the Denver media after practice, but before the news broke. “The witness thing, I didn’t have anything to do with it. Never, ever even seen the guy. Anything about that stuff, I can just go ahead and dismiss that right now. I was one of probably one of 100 people on that list. I had no knowledge about that. The ticket thing, that was me. I’ve just got to be more responsible. It was a ticket from back in November. I’m not making any excuses like I said before. I’ve just got to grow up, be more mature and take care of business.”

Miller, the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, ranked third in the NFL in sacks last season with 18.5, behind Houston’s J.J. Watt and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith. Denver’s depth at pass rusher was already compromised when the team lost defensive end Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens, and end Derek Wolfe was injured in a loss last Saturday to the Seattle Seahawks. Linebacker Wesley Woodyard may be pressed into service in that role, and the Broncos signed veteran linebacker Paris Lenon on Tuesday.

“Von has acknowledged making some mistakes in the past and is now being held accountable under the policies the league has in place,” Broncos head coach John Fox said in his statement. “While it’s very disappointing that we will be without him for the start of the season, we will support him as a football team and organization. All of us will stand by Von and help him however possible as he continues his personal growth off the field.

“Replacing him on the field will not be easy, but every team must deal with adversity. We will plan accordingly and be prepared. I am confident our team will step up and meet the challenge. I expect Von to stay in excellent shape and be ready to play at a high level when he returns to the Broncos.”

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34 comments
LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

the donkeys, like the fans, are choking the big one! donkeys still turning the ball over repeatedly on nfln. everybody is making fun of the donkeys!!!!!!!!!

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

I cant blame the guy for smoking weed.  But I will blame him for his PC answers.  He should have just come out and said...yeah i smoke weed its legal here and  the nfl can get bent ...See yall in 6 games! WU -TANG!

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

Suspect running game, overrated defense before Miller got suspended.  And I am supposed to sit here and listen to every so called expert peg Denver in as a shoe in for the Super Bowl because they added Wes Welker.  This type of makeup wins regular season games but does not win Super Bowls, just ask New England. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

“Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test,

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Now, they are saying it was due to a spilled  & diluted sample. Sure, no positive test because YOU DROPPED it? Yeah, You make braun look good.

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Candy

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WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

“Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test,"---wow, that makes it so much better, STILL 6 games dipwad.

I love the p.c. answers: " i made mistakes" "unfortunate incident" "sorry to all the fans and team"....standard b.s. lies. IF they were, they'd never would have put themselves in this position.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Should be banned for the season and sent to the looney bin, guy's a nut case.

LeilaniHernandez
LeilaniHernandez

the donkeys are done. 

the donkeys are heading for an epic collapse.

the donkeys cannot win with peyton the overrated.

the donkeys suck.

the donkeys are crybabies.

the fans of the donkeys are losers.

Scramble
Scramble

Without wasting 5 minutes of my life reading the story, what did he actually factually do.

mrfrogburger
mrfrogburger

Amazing how this gets you more games suspended but trying to hit a guy with his helmet only gets you 3 games including 2 preseason ones. 

Mike26
Mike26

Maybe NOW the Von-worshippers will simply shut up for awhile?

Jean
Jean

What an IDIOT. Peyton is Again let down by the F'in Defense.

Gs1
Gs1

Cheater! He should have to vacate his Rookie of the Year and give it to the guy that really should have gotten it anyways, Aldon Smith.

Mikey A
Mikey A

@LeilaniHernandez That is possibly one of the most immature and stupid comments I have ever read. It's actually below the level of a troll. Sad.

OwG
OwG

@LeilaniHernandez 

Must be a raiders fan from compton. Keep mind to your 5 babies from 5 different fathers. 

Mike26
Mike26

@mrfrogburger Watch the whole play, not just the swing.  You DO realize that Smith pulled back on it or else Richie would be dead.

John64
John64

@Jean  And the excuses for Peyton roll on...

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@Gs1 Finally some outrage. Most NFL players get suspended and nobody seems to care at all. If he were in MLB they'd be asking for his head. He's a cheater and that's it.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

@Mike26 @espnrefugee0218 it just would have been more entertaining than saying "im gonna take it day by day" 30 times"  Either way the Broncos are still going to win the superbowl 

CJ101
CJ101

@Mike26 @mrfrogburger 

If Suh had done that, he would have been run out of the league.  Different set of standards for each player. 

Mike26
Mike26

@KevinDoucette @Gs1 Kevvie baby, baseball screwed itself for 20 years by refusing to do anything about PED's and in fact encouraging their use for most of that time - all for more offense/excitement for fans.  Now baseball's clean players are fed up and FINALLY taking control of their union.  Quit your whining and back to mlb.com.

Mike26
Mike26

@CJ101 @Mike26 @mrfrogburger The same Suh that kicked the Texans QB in the nuts on Thanksgiving Day and didn't miss a snap?  That same Suh?

Join reality!

HalCooper
HalCooper

@KevinDoucette @Tim59 @Gs1 Actually, the NFL DID release what it was, it was a diluted sample.  No drugs found, no nothing, but a fake sample, ie, he was hiding something.

Charlie P
Charlie P

@Tim59"Miller had already tested positive for marijuana and AMPHETAMINES in 2011." Learn to read!

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@Tim59 @KevinDoucette @Gs1 I love NFL fans. It's never anything bad. Must just be weed. He got SIX games not just four. It's not something small. The NFL doesn't release what they actually failed. Keeps people like you thinking nothing is bad. Whatever it is he CHEATED. You get that?