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Von Miller officially suspended six games

08/20/2013 at 2:11 pm By

von millerThe NFL has suspended Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller six games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, ESPN’s Adam Shefter reports. Miller also released a statement regarding the suspension:

“The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules. 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 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 return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver.”

Although Miller did not test positive for banned substances, he has reportedly violated testing and compliance rules stated in the policy. ESPN reported Monday that one of the violations was a diluted sample submitted by Miller.

Miller has emerged as one of the premier pass-rushers in the NFL since being drafted 2nd overall by the Broncos in 2011. In his first two seasons, Miller has amassed 155 tackles and 30 sacks, including 18.5 in 2012.

The Broncos face the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars their first six games, four of which feature formidable passing attacks.

-ALR

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