Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller violated the league’s drug policy and will probably be suspended six games, ESPN reported.
Miller, at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, is the first player in Broncos’ history to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two NFL seasons.
He was runner-up for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award last season with 18.5 quarterback sacks, 27 quarterback knockdowns, 12 quarterback hurries and 28 tackles for a loss.
National Football League spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an e-mail that the league “did not have anything to report” on the case. Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the ESPN story.
The Denver Post reported in July that Miller had multiple positive tests for marijuana and an undisclosed amphetamine his rookie season in 2011. That month, NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah announced in a twitter posting that Miller’s case didn’t involve steroids, the Post reported.
Miller, 24, who is scheduled to receive $2.28 million in salary this season, probably won’t appeal the suspension, ESPN said. The length of the suspension is still being discussed and a deal could be announced as early as today, the network said.
The Broncos’ linebacker met with the players union on Aug. 15 to try to have the punishment reduced to four games, though that is unlikely, ESPN said.