Von Miller to play Saturday
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Broncos linebacker Von Miller was headed back to Denver on Thursday night after he spent the day with NFL Players Association officials preparing his appeal of a four-game suspension. He is expected to practice with the team Friday, be on its chartered flight to Seattle on Friday afternoon and play against the Seahawks on Saturday night.
"He will be back. He'll definitely play against Seattle," coach John Fox said after Thursday's practice.
Miller has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and his appeal had been scheduled for Thursday morning but was postponed. The Broncos had excused him from the practice.
League sources confirmed Thursday that Miller had met with NFLPA officials to review and plan his defense for his appeal. The hearing has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, though there were moments Thursday when sending Miller directly to New York for a Friday appeal hearing had been considered.
Broncos officials have privately expressed frustration at the process and are hoping for a resolution, one way or the other, as soon as possible. The team opens the regular season Sept. 5 against Baltimore, a Thursday night game.
Miller has maintained he has "done nothing wrong" and expressed confidence that the suspension would not be enforced after he presented his defense.
Miller also was arrested Sunday on a warrant for failing to appear in court for three violations from a traffic stop in October. Miller was flagged for the outstanding warrant when he tried to make a purchase at a Centennial, Colo., gun shop. The store is just minutes from the Broncos' practice facility in south suburban Denver. Miller had missed a Dec. 31 court date -- a warrant was issued shortly after that -- stemming from the October traffic stop when he was cited for careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.
"We're aware of it," Fox said of Sunday's arrest. "Obviously, you're very disappointed any time a guy doesn't take care of his business, but like I said, we support him. He's going to be fine. He's dealt with it."
Information from senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen was used in this report.
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