Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL after reportedly violating the substance-abuse policy. However, several of Miller’s teammates believe the 24-year-old will not be suspended the four games. In fact, they fully expect him to get the suspension lifted and be able to participate in all 16 games during the 2013 regular season.
“He didn’t test positive for anything,” an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation told USA Today Sports.
The fact that Miller has carried a certain confidence about him around his teammates has made them believe nothing is wrong. Apparently, he does not have the feel of someone who is sitting under a major suspension from the league.
“I just believe that what he says is right, and what believes is going to happen. I have his back 100 percent, no matter what happens. He seems quite faithful that he’s going to be it, and we’re quite faithful he’s going to beat it,” linebacker and team captain Wesley Woodyard said, according to USA Today Sports. “There must be something to [his confidence]. We don’t know what it is, but we believe in his confidence.”
Fans can read however much they want into Miller’s confidence. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun looked very confident for 18 months and even convinced his friends and teammates that he was innocent. Obviously, Miller did not test positive for performance-enhancing drugs like Braun did, but just because one is calm above the water does not mean they are not acting frantic below it.
There is no question Miller’s suspension getting overturned would be a huge win for the Broncos as the talented pass rusher is a big part of their defense.