Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller got slapped with a six game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. According to league sources, Miller met with the NFL Players Association on Thursday to try and get the suspension down to four games, but the league apparently was not impressed.
The test that originally led to talks of suspension came before an offseason workout when Miller was asked to provide a urine sample. In a move straight out of the movies, he spilled the sample while handing it over to officials and refused to provide another one.
Miller then participated in the practice, drinking fluids heavily according to sources, then provided a sample directly following the workout. At that point, the sample was considered diluted.
Broncos head coach John Fox said Monday that the 24-year-old headhunter would continue to practice with the first team defense until a decision on the suspension has been reached.
“We haven’t been aware of really any of it, to be honest with you,” Fox said. “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.”
During the 2012 season, Miller racked up 55 solo tackles, along with 18.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. In leagues where individual defensive players are chosen, consider stashing Miller until his suspension is lifted as he is a defensive gem when healthy.