Denver Broncos star pass rusher Von Miller is expected to be suspended for at least six games for violating the NFL substance-abuce policy, according to an ESPN report.
An announcement of the pending NFL punishment could come as soon as today and Miller may not go forward with a planned appeal, per the report. If that's the case, Miller would be sidelined for the Ravens' Sept. 5 season-opener against the Broncos.
NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah issued a statement previously that Miller didn't violate the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy. Miller reportedly tested positive for marijuana and amphetamines as a rookie, according to The Denver Post.
For the Broncos to not have Miller, who had 18 1/2 sacks last season, in the lineup after a rocky offseason in which they lost Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens is obviously a huge hit to their defense.
A 2011 first-round draft pick from Texas A&M, where he won the 2012 Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country, Miller has used his rare speed and athleticism to record 132 tackles, 30 sacks, one interception and eight forced fumbles in two NFL seasons. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in the high 4.4 range.
The Ravens contained Miller during a double-overtime victory in the AFC divisional round last season.
Now, the Broncos will likely have to get along without Miller against the Ravens due to Miller's reported off-the-field transgressions.