Denver Broncos star pass rusher Von Miller is facing a potential four-game suspension, according to reports from ESPN and the Denver Post.
Miller is appealing the punishment from the league.
According to the Post, Miller tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana as a rookie. A second failed test would have triggered a four-game suspension. A first-time violation of the performance enhancing drug policy would have triggered a four-game suspension.
Miller denied any wrongdoing this afternoon via his official Twitter account.
“Seeing reports abt 4 game susp,” Miller wrote. “I know I did nothing wrong. I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly. Disapp. Broncos have 2 open camp like this.”
If he's sidelined, it continues the Broncos' rocky offseason that includes a fax debacle that cost them Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and arrests and suspensions for executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert for driving under the influence.
Miller is a rare specimen at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
He has 30 sacks, 132 tackles and eight forced fumbles in two NFL seasons.
Miller is an irreplaceable pass rusher, but the Broncos might want to get on the telephone with John Abraham if the suspension goes through.
It's yet another blow to the Broncos' defense after losing Dumervil this offseason due to a contract filing deadline that was missed.
Dumervil now plays for the Ravens, ironically the Broncos' opponent Sept. 5 in a season-opener at Denver.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.