John Fox claimed ignorance Monday when asked about the possibility of Von Miller being suspended as many as six or eight games.
According to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Von's suspension was triggered by a diluted drug testing sample. During a test administered prior to an offseason workout, Miller apparently spilled his sample, and was unable to provide another one.
He drank fluids throughout the workout, and then gave another sample, which was subsequently deemed to be diluted.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! While the news swirling around Von Miller has been nothing but negative (more on that in a bit), there were sunnier developments regarding Derek Wolfe.
Although Wolfe did not practice on Monday, he says the frightening injury he suffered Saturday night "looked a lot worse than it was," and John Fox says to expect the second-year lineman to return "quicker than originally thought."
Champ Bailey (foot sprain) is still considered a question mark for the regular-season opener, but Fox called him "day-to-day," for what that's worth.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's open with some key points from Peter King's MMQB column:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! First things first:
X-rays, a CT scan, and MRI on Derek Wolfe were each negative, and he did fly home with the team last night. However, he may miss some time, while Champ Bailey left Seattle on crutches and with a boot on his left foot, and will have an MRI on the injury today.
This week, the US Government confirmed the existence of Area 51.
It means that weird stuff does happen, not just in the proximity of a Skip Bayless tweet.
Tonight, the Broncos saw just how absurd things can get: a kickoff returned against them for a touchdown, a fumble recovery returned the length of the field for a touchdown, and that doesn’t include the freak injuries to key players.
It got so odd, the Broncos should be happy aliens didn’t land on the fifty-yard line and take Von Miller captive for four weeks of testing.
For now, let’s just hope the Broncos get back to Denver, lick their wounds, get to the next game, and leave the strange probing to Roger Goodell.
Not much went right for the Broncos on Saturday night in Seattle, as their own poor play (four turnovers, nine penalties), a better performance by the Seahawks, and some spotty work from the officiating crew culminated in a 40-10 blowout loss.
To make matters worse, Derek Wolfe suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit early on, was immobilized, and taken from the field via ambulance, with what was diagnosed as a cervical spine injury. Thankfully, the second-year lineman reportedly has movement in all of his extremities and no broken bones, and he will fly with the team back to Denver.
Wes Welker (ankle sprain), Champ Bailey (foot), Stewart Bradley (wrist), and Louis Vasquez (knee) also left the game with injuries.
Enjoy the game, and Go Broncos!
Denver’s preseason-opening win at San Francisco featured just one touchdown - a fumble forced by Nate Irving and returned to paydirt by Shaun Phillips. Considering that these are the two players that may be most impacted by a possible suspension of Von Miller, I thought this would be a good play to look at.
The play starts at 7:28 of the second quarter; SF has been backed up by a good punt by Britton Colquitt and a penalty on the return, but a missed tackle by Omar Bolden on a pass to Kassim Osgood has them in 2nd and 1.
Many teams will try a long pass in that down and distance, counting on a third down run if needed to convert the first down. Instead, still deep in his own zone, Scott Tolzien hands off to D.J. Harper (36) for a run play around left tackle, and the whole game changes.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver's preseason continues tonight with a matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Last week's game at San Francisco was a potential SB preview, and so will be tonight's.
It's still the preseason, but we should expect to see more action from the starters on both offense and defense - perhaps the entire first half.
The biggest question continues to be the identity of Denver's starting center; we continue to think it will ultimately be Ryan Lilja, even if Manny Ramirez starts again tonight.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Denver wrapped up training camp on Thursday morning and will fly tonight to Seattle for tomorrow's preseason game.
Von Miller's appeal for his four-game suspension has been rescheduled for Tuesday, and a decision would be expected by August 30.
Nate Irving and Shaun Phillips filled in for Von in his absence from practice, providing a glimpse of how the team would carry on if his suspension is upheld.
The injury to C.J. Anderson and continued absence of Knowshon Moreno and Jeremiah Johnson mean Montee Ball may see extended action on Saturday.