The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker Von Miller for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His suspension will officially begin on Saturday, Aug. 31.
Miller is eligible to participate with the team for the rest of the preseason, but is unable to practice or play with the team beginning Week 1 of the regular season. He will still be permitted at the club’s training facility during his suspension.
During the suspension, Miller will miss four home games — versus the Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars — and two road contests — at the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
He will be eligible to return to the field for the Broncos’ Week 7 trip to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. He can return to the club’s active roster on Monday, Oct. 14 leading up to that game.
This is a tough blow for the Broncos defense because Miller’s one of the top defensive players in the game today and his production will be sorely missed. Last season he racked up 18.5 sacks and forced six fumbles.