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Broncos Linebacker Von Miller to Appeal Four-Game NFL Suspension

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- All-Pro linebacker Von Miller of the Denver Broncos is appealing a four-game National Football League suspension, according to the NFL Players Association.

Miller, who had 18 1/2 sacks last season, violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy, ESPN reported yesterday, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

“I know I did nothing wrong,” Miller said yesterday on Twitter. “I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly.”

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said via Twitter that the union is “working closely” with Miller to appeal the ban.

Under NFL rules, Miller would face a four-game suspension only if he tested positive twice for illegal substances.

Atallah didn’t say what Miller tested positive for, yet said in a separate Twitter post that his case doesn’t involve the NFL’s steroids and related substances policy. The NFL won’t comment unless Miller’s appeal fails, per league policy.

Miller, 24, has totaled 30 sacks over his first three seasons with the Broncos, the fourth-most in the league since 2011, when he was voted the NFL’s defensive rookie of the year.

The Broncos are scheduled to open the regular season against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 5 and then face the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles in their next three games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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