Allen Kim

Broncos LB Von Miller Facing 6-Game Suspension

Created on Aug. 19, 2013 12:05 PM EST

The hits keep on coming for the Denver Broncos.

After being thrashed by the Seattle Seahawks in their preseason matchup and losing several players to injury, there are reports that LB Von Miller is facing a six-game suspension from the NFL, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

The suspension purportedly stems from a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy and not from performance-enhancing drugs. Miller reportedly tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines in his rookie season, and he may have tested positive again sometime last year.

Miller was confident that he would win his appeal, but apparently the best he can hope for now is to have his suspension moved down from six games to four. His recent arrest for failing to appear in court on traffic charges certainly doesn’t help his appeal, and things are looking bleak for Miller and the Broncos.

Denver opens up the season playing the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. If Miller were to miss all six games, the Broncos defense will be at a severe disadvantage to start the year. They already lost Elvis Dumervil in the offseason, and their pass rush will be nowhere near as effective without Miller prowling the field.