According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller is facing a 4-game suspension to begin the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Miller is appealing the suspension and tweeted about the situation earlier today:
The Broncos begin training camp on Wednesday. This past March, Miller guaranteed Denver would win the Super Bowl. That guarantee isn’t doesn’t look as good now. But he is appealing it through the NFLPA.
If the suspension is upheld, Miller would miss games against the reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens, the New York Giants, the Oakland Raiders, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Losing Miller would be a really tough blow to a Broncos defense that lost Elvis Dumervil to Baltimore earlier in the offseason. Dumervil added 11 sacks of his own last season as he and Miller combined to provide a lethal pass-rushing combination.
Former San Diego Charger Shaun Phillips would replace Miller for the first 4 games of the season. Phillips signed a 1-year contract with Denver in the off-season.
In 2012, Miller registered 18.5 sacks. Since 2011, he has the 4th most sacks in the league with 30.