Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – The NFL is expected to slap Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller with a six-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, according to league sources.
However, representatives of Miller are trying to get the ban reduced to four games before the suspension is announced this week. Miller is not likely to appeal the punishment.
According to a source, Miller recently met with the NFL Players Association with some hope he could have the suspension reduced to four games. However, another source familiar with the process was convinced it will be at least a six-game suspension.
Multiple sources say Miller was flagged for a “diluted sample.” It happened after the linebacker was asked to provide a test before an offseason workout/practice and the sample was spilled, by Miller, before it was given to the collector.
During that time, Miller was asked to provide another sample and he could not. He then participated in the workout, drinking fluids throughout the activity. Miller then provided a sample that was used in the test following the workout.
At the meeting with NFLPA officials Thursday in Washington, multiple sources say discussions were held over whether to challenge Miller’s positive test in 2011, for marijuana and amphetamines, as part of his appeal.
The Broncos open the regular season Sept. 5 against the Baltimore Ravens in a Thursday night game that kicks off the season.
The 24-year-old Miller had 30 sacks in his first two seasons, including 18.5 in 2012.
Broncos coach John Fox said Miller and the team will continue their regular routine until formally notified of a suspension.
“There’s really no latest. We’re aware of reports and sometimes they’re erroneous because we’d probably find out before other people,” Fox said.
“We’ve haven’t been aware of really any of it, to be honest with you. We don’t know the suspension. There is no suspension and at which time there is, we’ll report that. But anything else right now, really, is talking heads,” he added.