By now we know that Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been suspended the first six games of the 2013 NFL season. We still don’t know precisely what he did to merit the suspension under the substance-abuse policy.
“Von has acknowledged making some mistakes in the past and is now being held accountable under the policies the league has in place,” coach John Fox said in a statement issued by the team. “While it’s very disappointing that we will be without him for the start of the season, we will support him as a football team and organization.”
The last part implies that the team won’t pursue what otherwise would be automatic repayment of more than $1.2 million in signing bonus money.
“All of us will stand by Von and help him however possible as he continues his personal growth off the field,” Fox said. “Replacing him on the field will not be easy, but every team must deal with adversity. We will plan accordingly and be prepared. I am confident our team will step up and meet the challenge. I expect Von to stay in excellent shape and be ready to play at a high level when he returns to the Broncos.”
Miller has said on multiple occasions that he didn’t generate a positive test. But he did enough to get suspended for six games, and he has accepted that penalty.