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NFL suspends Von Miller six games

Von Miller will not appeal the NFL's six-game suspension. (Otto Gruele Jr./Getty Images) Von Miller was given a six-game suspension by the NFL. (Otto Gruele Jr./Getty Images)

The NFL has officially suspended Von Miller six games for violating its substance-abuse policy, according to a statement released by Miller through the NFL Players Association.

The Denver Post reported last month that an expected four-game suspension was not triggered by a failed drug test. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported, Miller was flagged for a diluted sample, but “the the case has complications that go far beyond that”. Breer also reported the NFL considered an eight- or even 16-game suspension before working with Miller's camp toward a shorter punishment.

Because Miller reportedly tested positive for marijuana in 2011, the league could consider him a repeat offender if a violation such as a diluted sample appeared.

Miller will be eligible to return to the Broncos in Week 7 against the Colts.

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Miller does not acknowledge a positive test in his statement:

“The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules,” Miller said in a statement released to the media.  ”Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.  I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself.  I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others.  I will not make the the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future.  During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape.  I look forward to contributing immediately upon my upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”
Miller recently made headlines after his arrest for failing to appear for a court date, and has been named as a possible witness to the murders of five people at a bar in October 2012, according to Chris Vanderveen of 9news.com in Colorado.

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