DENVER — More off-season troubles for the Denver Broncos on Monday. This time it’s star linebacker Von Miller who is facing a possible four-game suspension for an alleged failed drug test..
According to a source with ESPN, Broncos linebacker Von Miller will be facing a 4-game suspension for violating NFL policy.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news in a tweet early Monday morning:
Broncos LB Von Miller is facing 4-game suspension for violating NFL policy, per ESPN sources. Case currently in appeals process.
Besides Peyton Manning, Von Miller is arguably the most important player to the Broncos’ success as the team heads into a season filled with incredibly high expectations.
News of Miller’s difficulties come on the heels of the arrests and suspensions of two executives in the front office… they’re accused of DUI.
According to league sources, two recreational drugs were discovered during testing of Miller: Marijuana and a form of ecstasy.
The case is in the appeals process, so it is uncertain if the suspension will stand.
Broncos LB Von Miller is facing 4-game suspension for violating NFL policy, per ESPN sources. Case currently in appeals process.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2013
Officials with the Denver Broncos did not confirm why Miller is facing suspension, though FOX31 Denver’s Nick Griffith, citing a source close to Miller, indicated the Broncos linebacker tested positive for both marijuana and some derivative form of ecstasy.
Von Miller later tweeted his response to the suspension saying that he did nothing wrong, and that he was disappointed that the Broncos have to open their camp in the midst of the news.
Seeing reports abt 4 game susp. I know I did nothing wrong. I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly. Disapp. Broncos have 2 open camp like this.—
Von Miller (@MillerLite40) July 22, 2013
The NFL Players’ Association issued a statement Monday afternoon in defense of Miller, saying, “The NFLPA is working closely with Von Miller to appeal his suspension. We are all very disappointed that confidentiality was breached.”
If the suspension is upheld, it will likely include the first four games of the season. The Broncos start the season at home against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Miller has been with the Broncos since 2011.