Friday, March 7, 2014
The Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The latest distraction for the Denver Broncos comes from All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, who insisted Monday he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he could miss four games for violating the NFL's drug policy.
"I know I did nothing wrong. I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly," Miller tweeted, acknowledging he had seen the reports and adding he was disappointed the Broncos have to open training camp with this news hanging over them.
ESPN first reported the pending discipline for Miller. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the possible penalty to The Associated Press. The person did not want to be named because the league hasn't announced any punishment.
Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said the team would not comment on the penalty, which could be overturned by an appeal. Miller and his agent didn't return messages left by AP.
The Broncos report to camp Wednesday with big expectations but a growing number of off-the-field distractions, as well.
Without Miller, the Broncos defense would be missing its best pass rusher for its first four games -- against Baltimore, the New York Giants, Oakland and Philadelphia.
PATRIOTS: Coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to speak to reporters on Wednesday -- his first availability since tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges.
Belichick's conference is slated the day before players begin reporting for training camp. Quarterback Tom Brady and other veterans are scheduled to address the media on Thursday. Practices start Friday.
Hernandez has been charged with murder in the June killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.
Also Monday, the Patriots signed defensive lineman Anthony Rashad White, of Michigan State.
THE NFL and players union are talking again about getting a test in place for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.
An email obtained from the NFL Players Association indicates the league and the NFLPA have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on NFL players to determine a good threshold for a positive HGH test.