The Denver Broncos and Von Miller would finally get the decision regarding Miller's suspension Tuesday. It's official. Von Miller will be suspended the first six games of the season without pay.
Von Miller failed a drug test in 2011 for marijuana and a type of amphetamines. Though Miller would not be suspended then, he would be required to enter a NFL provided treatment program and would also need to provide urine samples the next two years. This is where the suspension stems from. During one of his random urine samples, Miller would spill his sample. He wasn't able to provide another sample immediately, so was required to comeback when he could. When Miller did finally provide the sample, it signaled a failed test because the sample was considered extremely diluted due to too much water in the system.
After the decision was made, Miller would release a statement:
"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."
Shortly after Miller's statement, head coach John Fox would release one as well:
"Von has acknowledged making some mistakes in the past and is now being held accountable under the policies the league has in place," Fox said. "While it's very disappointing that we will be without him for the start of the season, we will support him as a football team and organization.
All of us will stand by Von and help him however possible as he continues his personal growth off the field. Replacing him on the field will not be easy, but every team must deal with adversity. We will plan accordingly and be prepared. I am confident our team will step up and meet the challenge.
I expect Von to stay in excellent shape and be ready to play at a high level when he returns to the Broncos."
Although neither Miller, the Broncos or Broncos fans should be the least bit pleased about the ruling, it could have been worse. Sources claim that the NFL was gunning for a year suspension, not just the six games he got. It is believed that the NFL and Miller were able to negotiate it down because someone in the NFL illegally leaked Miller's failed test in 2011 due to player confidentiality. That is why the suspension was announced a month ago and the suspension only happened today.
During Miller's absence, the Denver Broncos will face: Baltimore, @ NYG, Philadelphia, Oakland, @ Dallas and Jacksonville. Losing Miller is a big blow to the defense, but the team is still very talented without him, especially on offense. The Broncos should be able to muster up a 4-2 record at the very worst.
The huge ordeal is over. It's not ideal, but everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Looking back won't do the least bit of good. All the Broncos can do is move forward and it sounds like they already have. Lastly, to all of you suicidal Bronco fans, it's ok. Step back off the ledge. The Broncos will be fine during his absence.