Broncos linebacker Von Miller said Tuesday afternoon that he has not heard from the league about the length of his suspension and that he continues to hope for a “speedy, fair resolution.’’
Miller has been suspended by the NFL for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, a suspension ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported will be at least six games, pending discussions with the NFL Players Association and Miller’s representatives.
Miller met with NFLPA officials in Washington, D.C., last Thursday and tentatively had an appeal hearing scheduled with league officials today. But Miller was on the practice field with the Broncos Tuesday and continued to work with the starters in practice as he has throughout the preseason.
Following the workout Miller, citing confidentiality, kept his responses both basic and optimistic.
“I’m blessed to be in the situation I’m in, I’m blessed to be with the Denver Broncos, blessed to have great teammates,’’ Miller said. “I’m just taking it one day at a time.’’
On the recent reports about his suspension, he said: “I understand you guys have jobs to do, it’s still an on-going process. I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’ve heard reports about it, but I haven’t heard anything.’’
And on waiting for a resolution, he said: “I’m just trusting the process, hoping for a speedy and fair decision whatever that may be. … Hoping for speedy, fair resolution.’’
Miller had maintained he has “done nothing wrong,’’ when news of his suspension first broke as training camp opened and consistently expressed confidence the suspension would not be enforced after he presented his defense. But he has had plenty of time in the headlines since, however. He was also arrested Aug. 11 on a warrant for failing to appear in court for three violations from a traffic stop last October. Miller was flagged for the outstanding warrant when he tried to make a purchase at a Centennial, Colo., gun shop near the Broncos’ practice facility.
Miller has a court date later this month related to that arrest.
“I’ve just got to grow up and be more mature and handle my business,’’ Miller said Monday.
And this past Friday, Miller was listed among a large number of possible witnesses for the prosecution in a trial of a man facing the death penalty for allegedly killing five people in Denver last year. The witness list was made public Monday and obtained by KUSA, Denver's NBC affiliate. Miller is on the list as an acquaintance of a friend of the defendant, Dexter Lewis.
Monday, though, Miller said: “I didn’t have anything to do with that, never even seen the guy. I could just go ahead and dismiss that right now. … I had no knowledge about that.’’