Denver Broncos LB Von Miller is currently appealing a four-game suspension he received for violation of an unspecified NFL policy. Miller is rumored to have tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana, which he has denied. The NFL is expected to make a decision on his appeal sometime in August, so everything will be figured out before the start of the regular season.
If Miller’s suspension is upheld, he will miss the first four games of the season. The first two opponents are the last two defending champions, which happen to be against the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants. He’ll also miss games against the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles before returning to play the Dallas Cowboys.
If Miller is suspended for the Giants’ game, that is one less thing for the New York to worry about. The Broncos already lost LB Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens, so Miller’s suspension would mean the Giants wouldn’t have any pass rushers to worry about, making it an easier day for QB Eli Manning as he goes up against his brother QB Peyton Manning.
The Giants have an early-season schedule that is a little difficult as they face the Cowboys, Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs in addition to the Broncos in their first four games. The Giants can use any advantage they can get, and an absent Miller is a huge advantage.
Time will tell how things play out with Miller’s situation. I can guarantee, however, that the Giants, in addition to the other three teams, are secretly hoping Miller is suspended.