Despite their early exit from the playoffs last season, the Denver Broncos had plenty to take away from the 2012 season as they earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC thanks to Peyton Manning and a strong defense. One of the main reasons why the defense was so successful was because of linebacker Von Miller–who seemed unstoppable at times in his second season as he finished the year with 18.5 sacks.
While expectations will be high once again for Miller heading into his third season, it appears the Broncos may have to play the first four games of the season without their star linebacker.
Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating NFL policy and even though the case is going through the appeal process, this is the last thing Denver needs to deal with. The Broncos head into the 2013 season as strong contenders to reach the Super Bowl and losing Miller at the beginning of the season would have a huge impact on the defense.
Denver knew they had a special player in Miller when they selected him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and he’s quickly emerged as one of the top defensive players in the league over his first two seasons as he’s managed to record 30 sacks. Only time will tell when it comes to whether or not a suspension will take place, but the fact that Miller is being investigated for something like this has to be concerning for the defending AFC West Champions.