When the news was first reported that Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller had been suspended for four games because of a violation of NFL policy, many were wondering what it could be that led to the suspension that is pending appeal. As more information becomes available, we have learned that Miller’s violation comes against the NFL’s drug policy and that the length of the suspension could be because he tested positive for amphetamines.
Miller apparently tested positive on two occasions during his rookie season and another positive test this season may have triggered the suspension.
From Mike Klis of the Denver Post:
According to NFL source, #Broncos LB Von Miller tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana during his rookie season of 2011.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 22, 2013
It is obviously a troubling sign for one of the brightest young stars in the league, but there is still a chance that Miller could avoid the suspension if his appeal is successful.
Denver opens the first month of the season at home against the Baltimore Ravens, before a Week 2 trip to the New York Giants and then two games back at home against the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles.