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Denver linebacker Von Miller reportedly might be suspended
All-Pro linebacker Von Miller of the Denver Broncos insisted he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he might miss four games for violating the league’s drug policy.
The Associated Press and The New York Times
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The latest distraction for the Denver Broncos comes from All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, who insisted Monday he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he might miss four games for violating the league’s drug policy.
“I know I did nothing wrong. I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly,” Miller tweeted, acknowledging he had seen the reports and adding he was disappointed the Broncos have to open training camp with this news hanging over them.
ESPN first reported the pending discipline for Miller, 24. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the possible penalty to The Associated Press. The person did not want to be named because the league hasn’t announced any punishment.
George Atallah, spokesman for the NFLPA, said the players union was working with Miller on his appeal, adding via Twitter: “I can also confirm that Von’s case does not involve the Steroids and Related Substances Policy.”
That would suggest Miller’s case centers on recreational drugs.
Shortly after last season’s 13-3 campaign ended with a loss to Baltimore in the division playoffs, Miller guaranteed a Super Bowl title for Denver for the 2013 season.
“I wasn’t being arrogant or cocky when I made the guarantee. It was something bigger than myself,” Miller said in May in explaining the comment. He said he dedicated the upcoming season to a 6-year-old cousin who was injured in an auto accident last winter.
Executive vice president John Elway’s top two assistants, Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, are each serving suspensions after arrests on charges of driving under the influence.
Another bit of bad news for the Broncos this offseason was their inability to keep pass-rushing defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil because of a mix-up with a fax machine that kept the team from receiving his signed contract in time.
• Blood samples are to be taken from all players in training camp this summer to help create a benchmark for testing them for human growth hormone, according to a memo sent to players July 12. The memo said the samples would be used as part of a population study run by doctors hired by the league and the union solely to determine the standards of a test to be introduced in the future.
• Cleveland receiver Josh Gordon apologized Monday for being suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Gordon, 22, was suspended without pay in June by the league for the first two games of this season. He will also forfeit two other game checks as part of his punishment.
Gordon was suspended at least twice for marijuana use as a college player at Baylor. He would not go into detail about why he was suspended by the NFL.
• Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, recovering from reconstructive surgery on his right knee, has passed a major test toward his goal of playing in Week 1, getting the go-ahead from team doctors days before the team opens training camp.
• Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the 49ers, nullifying a trade to bring him to San Francisco from Tampa Bay. Wright, 27, was subsequently released by the Buccaneers.
• Dallas defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, 23, tore his left Achilles tendon in a noncontact drill Sunday and is out for the season.