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 Postreported 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.
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.”