Broncos linebacker Von Miller is reportedly scheduled to meet with league officials next Thursday for his appeal of a four-game suspension and Miller called himself “optimistic” when asked about it after the Broncos played the 49ers.
“I’m confident about it. Everybody is confident about it,” Miller said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “I think my situation is different. I’m just looking forward to getting a resolution and getting it out of the way. It’s tough enough to play football as it is, let alone when you have all this other stuff going on.”
Details on the reason for Miller’s suspension are scarce, outside of the NFLPA saying that it is not for a violation of the performance-enhancing drug policy. Miller has been in the league’s substance abuse program after testing positive for marijuana in 2011, but said he no longer uses the drug and there reports indicate that he has not failed another drug test. A player in the program can be disciplined for other infractions, however, including missing a test or altering the sample used for testing.
A ruling on the appeal is expected before the Broncos start the regular season on September 5 against the Ravens.