Report: Broncos Von Miller facing four-game suspension for policy violation

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The bad news gets worse for Denver this offseason. If the alleged suspension is upheld, they will be losing one of the biggest impact players in the NFL for a quarter of the season.

The Denver Broncos were scheduled to head into their rematch against Baltimore in Week 1 without Elvis Dumervil, who signed with the Ravens in free agency.

Now, it appears they’ll be without Von Miller too.

A source confirmed with ESPN's Adam Schefter, among others, the Broncos’ outside linebacker and runner-up Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 is appealing a four-game suspension for a violation of a league policy. The report does not indicate the specific nature of the violation.

Two front-office executives of the Broncos were arrested for driving under the influence in July, and Miller’s suspension would be another black eye on the franchise.

The last time they played, they were upset by the Ravens, who were 9.5 point underdogs heading into that game. Miller had nine tackles and a half sack in that game. For the season, he had 18.5 sacks and six forced fumbles, losing out to Houston’s J.J. Watt for the top defensive player award.

The allegation is said to be in the appeals process, meaning neither side will comment on it.

Update: According to Mile High Report, who cited several sources, the substances Miller tested positive for were marijuana and molly - an uncut form of MDMA. That would mean Miller is currently appealing a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, which only carries a suspension when it's the third violation. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Miller failed a test for amphetimines and marijuana in 2011. That seems odd, considering amphetimines - the active ingredient in trendy NFL drug Adderall - is held under the performance-enhancing drug policy, which immediately triggers a suspension.

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