Von Miller, one of the most dynamic linebackers in the NFL, is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
An official date has not been set for a hearing.
On Twitter, Miller posted: “Seeing reports abt 4 game susp. I know I did nothing wrong. I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly. Disapp. Broncos have 2 open camp like this.”
Under NFL policy, Miller would have to test positive for banned substances twice before facing a four-game suspension.
The Denver Post reported Monday that Miller tested positive for amphetamines and steroids in 2011, his rookie season. A league source said the Broncos were aware of an issue with Miller, so executive vice president of football operations John Elway and coach John Fox were not surprised by Monday’s news.
“He’s a different guy, but I never thought he would risk his career. Gotta help him bounce back now. Can’t turn my back on him. Disappointed yet concerned about the man. Still love him, though,” a Broncos player, who wished to remain anonymous, said in a text to ESPN.
If Miller’s suspension stands, the Broncos could go after 1/16th of his signing bonus, which would amount to $860,812.
At the very least, Denver will be dealing with another significant issue during training camp. Last week, the team suspended director of player personnel Matt Russell indefinitely without pay and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert for one month without pay for their recent drunken-driving arrests.
The Broncos report to training camp Wednesday. Miller will be able to participate in all of the workouts, but he’d have to leave the team after its final preseason game on Aug. 29