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NFL: Denvers Von Miller apologizes for six-game ban
By Mike Klis
The Denver Post
First Published Aug 20 2013 09:22 pm Last Updated Aug 20 2013 11:41 pm
Denver The NFL on Tuesday slapped Broncos star linebacker Von Miller with a six-game suspension for violating its drug policy.
Never mind the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos chances to win the Super Bowl were delivered a serious blow by the league office.
The suspension comes after league officials and Millers lawyers finalized a resolution Tuesday.
The suspension is without pay. Miller was scheduled to draw a $2,284,125 salary this season. The six missed checks over a 17-week season will cost him $806,162.
"Although my suspension doesnt result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules," Miller said in a statement. "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.
The suspension begins with the start of the season. He is expected to start in the Broncos preseason game Saturday night against St. Louis at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Broncos coach John Fox said in a statement:
"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."
In Millers first two NFL seasons he won the defensive rookie of the year award, earned two Pro Bowl appearances and registered 30 sacks.
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