Von Miller during pre training camp media conference
Pro Bowler Von Miller arrived at Dove Valley Wednesday afternoon as the Denver Broncos begin to get ready for training camp starting Thursday morning.
He was grilled with multiple questions Wednesday about a potential upcoming four game suspension for testing positive on a failed drug test. Though both the NFL and the Broncos have tried their best to keep everything confidential, Miller is believed to test positive for marijuana and amphetamines. It has not been the first time Miller has failed a drug test. According to reports, Miller tested positive for marijuana "multiple times" in 2011. It was also being reported earlier in the week that Miller tested positive for amphetamines in addition to marijuana in 2011. However, as the Denver Post's Mike Klis reported Wednesday afternoon, those reports appear to be false.
Despite the media's best attempts to pry out info, Miller wisely didn't provide much information. When asked if marijuana was part of his life style, Miller responded quickly and firmly saying, "absolutely not". Miller also went on to say "I don't think I let my teammates down," but that was about all Miller would speak on the situation. He was a bit more open when asked about football, however. "I'm focused," Miller said. "I can't wait for training camp to start. I look forward to rushing the passer, doing all those drills. I'm anxious for that."
Miller is in the process of appealing the suspension after filing his appeal earlier in the week. As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, the NFL does not expect to have a decision on the appeal until at least mid August. Until then, Miller and the Broncos will conduct business as usual. When asked what he planned to do with Miller in camp, head coach John Fox responded "right now there is no penalty to my knowledge," and "he'll get every rep with the first team until we hear something differently," said Fox. Although Coach Fox did admit to having some in room discussions with the linebacker, he did say those conversations would most likely stay within the confides of the team.
Von Miller was able to accumulate 18.5 sacks last season. If his suspension is upheld, the Broncos will need to do some patch up work on defense for the first quarter of the season. With Peyton Manning at the helm and the addition of Wes Welker to the offense, the Broncos should drop no more than 1 game at best.
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