For the six games that Denver Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller had been out serving a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse program and trying to cheat the NFL's testing system, the team did just fine, going 6-0.
With the suspension now over, Miller can attend meetings and be part of the team. Although the NFL suspended him, Miller says he does not a have a drug problem.
"I don't have a substance-abuse problem," Miller said to the Denver Post. "I feel like I've definitely made some mistakes in the past. I can't shy away from that. But I'm working hard to fix it. I'm working hard to gain everybody's trust back.
"All I can ask is people judge me from my actions going forward. I'm working hard to gain trust back. I'm very confident I'll be able to do that."
Miller, who lost more than $806,000 in salary during the suspension, says he just wants to get back to playing football.
"It hasn't gone by fast, though," he said. "A lot of people have said it went by fast. It hasn't. It wasn't easy. And I don't want to get away from that. I want to stay with that focus that it's not easy."KING: Another chapter for Tom Brady’s storybook