ESPN is reporting that Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is facing a four game suspension for an unknown violation of NFL policy. The Broncos and Oakland Raiders are scheduled to meet on Monday Night Football in week three. The suspension is in the NFL appeal process now, but if it is upheld, the Raiders would see their AFC West division rival without their best defensive player.
It has been a rough offseason for the Broncos. Two of their executives were suspended for driving under the influence. The team already mistakenly released linebacker Elvis Dumervil because his salary paperwork was faxed late to the team. They ended up losing him to the Baltimore Ravens. Dumervil and Miller combined for 29.5 sacks in 2012.
Miller is the former second pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been a force since entering the league. During his rookie season, the outside linebacker and pass rushing specialist notched 11.5 sacks and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He backed that season up with 18.5 sacks and six forced fumbles last season. There is no way a players of that caliber missing four games does not hurt the team.
In the four games he has played against the Raiders since entering the league, Miller amassed 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles and the Broncos hold a 3-1 record in those games. With Miller potentially out, the Raiders chances improve, but they still have to stop quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw for 648 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in two wins against them last year.
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