The Denver Broncos have started 6-0 without their best defensive player. Linebacker Von Miller, one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers, was suspended for the first six games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
“I definitely made mistakes in the past,” Miller told Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com following a team video session Monday afternoon. “It wouldn’t do anybody any good to go back and defend that stuff. I served my suspension, I’m working hard to gain everybody’s trust back. I’m just going to take it one day at a time. All I can ask is that everybody judge me on my actions going forward. And I can gain everybody’s trust back that way.”
Miller thinks his biggest obstacle won’t be about getting back and the field and producing, but instead will be gaining the trust of his teammates back.
“I definitely made mistakes, but I’m working hard to fix those mistakes,” Miller said. “I can’t, you know, relish on the past or anything, but I can sit here and say I’m working hard to be a better person, to be a better football player, to be a better teammate.”
Last season, Miller had 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and an interception last year. In two years in the NFL, the former Texas A&M Aggie has 132 tackles, 30.0 sacks and eight forced fumbles.
The Broncos will head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday night.