It’s been an interesting offseason for the defense of the Denver Broncos as they lost Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens and now–it looks like they will have to adjust to life without Von Miller for most of the first half of the 2013 regular season.
As expected, Miller was reportedly slapped with a six-game suspension on Tuesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy–which is a huge loss for the Broncos with the regular season just a few weeks away. He may only have two years of experience, but Miller has wasted no time making a name for himself as one of the league’s top linebackers as he’s already managed to record 30 sacks.
For a squad many believe is the team to beat in the AFC–there’s no telling what type of impact the loss of Miller will have on Denver’s defense.
Hopefully, the absence of Miller won’t have as much of an impact considering the Broncos have one of the league’s most talented offenses on paper thanks to key players such as Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, and Demaryius Thomas. Then again, Denver already had to adjust to life without Dumervil and now they’ll have to play the first six games without one of their top pass rushers from last year in Miller.
Miller has shown plenty of potential over his first two seasons in the league, but to deal with a suspension this early in his career is a major reason for concern. Hopefully, the first six games fly by quickly for Denver so Miller can return to the lineup and help this team make a run at the playoffs once again.