Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy Tuesday, taking away the best defensive player from a team many expect to make a run at the Super Bowl.
The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told The Associated Press.
Broncos executive vice president John Elway said the team was frustrated with what happened “and, I think, disappointed in Von.”
“We’ll live with that decision,” Elway said. “What I’d like to do is try to do everything we can to prevent any other situations.”
According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games. His suspension, without pay, will begin Aug. 31, and will cost him more than $800,000 of the nearly $2.3 million he’s scheduled to make this season.
Around the league
Eagles first-year coach Chip Kelly has named veteran Michael Vick Philadelphia’s starting quarterback. … Brandon Weeden has been named the Browns’ starting quarterback. … Bills LB Nigel Bradham said he doesn’t want to be a distraction to the team after police said they ticketed him for marijuana possession during a weekend traffic stop. … A person familiar with the situation says Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has no ligament damage in his right foot and should be ready for the regular-season opener. … Dolphins TE Dustin Keller will miss the entire season because of a right knee injury.
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