The NFL has suspended Broncos linebacker Von Miller for six weeks for violating the league's drug policy.
Miller reacted to the suspension by issuing this statement:
"The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules," Miller said. "Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver."
Miller will miss games against the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaquars.
The suspension could also cost Miller more than $800,000 of his $2.4 million salary.
Without Miller, the Broncos will be relying on free agent Shaun Phillips to provide pressure on quarterbacks in the first part of the 2013 season.