According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the NFL has officially suspended Denver Broncos outside linebacker for six games. Initially, ESPN Insiders Chris Mortenson and Adam Schefter reported Miller would be suspended “at least” six games.
Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Miller told reporters he had not heard from the NFL but hoped for a “speedy, fair resolution.”
Miller made a statement through the NFL Player’s Association.
“The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules. Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. 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. I will not make the the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. 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 upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”
This means Miller will not appeal his suspension and will instead miss the first six games of the season. During Miller’s suspension the Broncos six opponents are the Baltimore Ravens (home), the New York Giants (away), the Oakland Raiders (home), the Philadeliphia Eagles (home), the Dallas Cowboys (away) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (home).
Not exactly a daunting schedule. He will return for a Sunday night showdown with the Colts in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis on October 20.
Miller had 18.5 sacks for the Broncos last season.