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Miller’s return doesn’t end off-field concerns

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The good news for Broncos linebacker Von Miller is that he will make his return to the field on Sunday night, after missing six games for reportedly conspiring with a sample collector to beat the NFL’s drug-testing process.

The bad news for Miller is that he’s reportedly in Stage Three of the NFL’s substance-abuse program.  By rule, he’ll remain there for the rest of his career.  And he’ll be subject to up to 10 unannounced drug tests per month.  (After three seasons, he can request that the monthly limit of tests be reduced.)

One false move and Miller will be banished from the league, with the ability to apply for reinstatement after a year.  (That same reality applies to players like Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon and Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington.)

The undetermined news is whether Miller will lose $1.2 million in signing bonus money.  Miller has filed a grievance arguing that, because he wasn’t suspended under the substance-abuse policy but via a negotiated settlement between the league and the NFLPA, the automatic forfeiture provision does not apply.

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11 Responses to “Miller’s return doesn’t end off-field concerns”
  1. ottawabrave91 says: Oct 19, 2013 8:49 PM

    I thought he technically never tested positive? was putting him in stage 3 part of the settlement?

  2. themostlogicalofvoices says: Oct 19, 2013 9:06 PM

    If it is/was proven true that he manipulated the tester into making it so he would pass the test then he should be/have been suspended for the entire year.

  3. mackcarrington says: Oct 19, 2013 9:13 PM

    I am willing to relocate to Denver to be Miller’s
    designated driver for a nice 5 figure salary. I can make sure gets from the club to the crib, and from the crib to practice and back, safely.
    Gimme a holla, Von!

  4. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 19, 2013 9:29 PM

    Million dollar talent but a 10 cent brain.

    Get it together! You don’t want your career wasted by poor decision making!

  5. fdugrad says: Oct 19, 2013 9:32 PM

    Just a matter of WHEN for this loose cannon. He will NEVER be trusted by his mates OR the front office. Long-term contract? That’s a GOOD one to laugh about! Way to flush your life at such a young age!

  6. rickyspanish says: Oct 19, 2013 9:42 PM

    Wow, I didn’t know about those rules. Thems is a strict set o’ rules!

  7. broncos97 says: Oct 19, 2013 10:16 PM

    Depending on how he plays the rest of this year it wouldn’t surprise me if they would try to trade him in the off season just to get out of the possibility he messes up again

  8. slick50ks says: Oct 19, 2013 10:19 PM

    He’ll be out for a solid year within a few months, guaranteed.

  9. northbynw27 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:49 AM

    Playing in this league is a privilege, not a right.

    If #58 doesn’t start recognizing that he should look for another job.

  10. aljack88 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:49 AM

    Anyone remember Shawne Merriman?

  11. joetoronto says: Oct 20, 2013 5:13 AM

    This idiot is going to screw up any second now.

    Just watch.

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