Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has accepted a six-game ban for violating the National Football League’s drug policy.
Details of the infraction weren’t released by the NFL, which said on its website yesterday that the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Miller will be eligible to return following Denver’s Week 6 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’ll also miss games against the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
“Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules,” Miller said in a statement e-mailed by the players’ union. “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.”
Miller, 24, is the first player in Broncos history to be selected for 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.
“Obviously we’re frustrated with what’s happened, and I think disappointed in Von,” John Elway, executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement. “Whatever we have to do as an organization to try to help Von, we want to be able to do.”
Broncos coach John Fox said Miller will play against St. Louis in a preseason game on Aug. 24.
“During his suspension he’ll be lifting with his teammates, in meetings,” Fox said. “He can be everywhere but on the field.”
The Denver Post reported in July that Miller had multiple positive tests for marijuana and an undisclosed amphetamine in 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, who was scheduled to receive $2.28 million in salary this season, met with the players’ union on Aug. 15 to try to have the punishment reduced to four games, ESPN reported Aug. 19.
“I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future,” Miller said in his statement. “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.”