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August 20, 2013

Report: Miller facing at least 6-game suspension

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller lined up at his usual position Monday and flashed the freakish athletic moves that might soon be missing from the Denver Broncos’ ramshackle defense.

The All-Pro linebacker brushed past reporters after another stellar practice, choosing not to stop and talk about the latest report that he could be facing an even longer suspension that originally thought.

ESPN reported that Miller might have to sit out at least six games for violating the league’s drug abuse policy. Previously, it was believed Miller was facing a monthlong suspension to start the 2013 season.

Miller had repeatedly expressed confidence he was going to successfully win an appeal of any pending penalty, insisting he had “done nothing wrong.” Now, Miller is unlikely to go forward with such an appeal, which was expected to be heard Tuesday, ESPN reported.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press, “We have nothing to report” on the matter, and Miller’s agent, Joby Branion, didn’t return a phone call from the AP.

Without definitive word from the league that a suspension was forthcoming, the Broncos once again had Miller line up with the rest of the No. 1 defense at practice.

“Well, there’s really no ‘latest,’” coach John Fox said afterward. “We are aware of reports and sometimes it’s erroneous because I think we’d probably find out before other people. ... There is no suspension and at which time there is, we’ll report that. But anything else right now is really just talking heads.”

Miller, who has 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons, is the fulcrum of coordinator Jack Del Rio’s defense, consistently commanding double teams. He’s a major reason, along with Peyton Manning, that oddsmakers favor the Broncos to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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