ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a violation the linebacker said did not result from a positive test.
The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told The Associated Press.
According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games. His suspension, without pay, will begin Aug. 31. He can return to the team Oct. 14, the day after Denver’s home game against Jacksonville, and will be eligible for an Oct. 20 contest at the Indianapolis Colts.
After being notified of the decision, Miller released a statement saying “although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”
The NFL has two drug policies — one that covers use of performance-enhancing substances and the “Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse” that applied to Miller’s case.
EAGLES: Michael Vick took a pay cut and had to compete for his job when he returned to Philadelphia.
Part of the choice had to do with the up-tempo offense mapped out by new coach Chip Kelly.
“I just thought,” Vick said, “this was the best opportunity, the best fit for me.”
Turns out, Vick was the best fit for Kelly.
With his first chance to put his stamp on Philadelphia’s offense, Kelly named Vick the starting quarterback on Tuesday, giving the veteran the nod over Nick Foles after a sterling preseason.
BROWNS: Are back in the market for a right guard. John Moffitt came and went in one day.
Cleveland voided its trade with Seattle for Moffitt on Tuesday, revoking the deal because of health concerns for the third-year lineman who has undergone knee and elbow surgeries the past two seasons.
The Browns acquired Moffitt on Monday for defensive lineman Brian Sanford.