Good Evening, Broncos fans! On Wednesday, it was first intimated by Mike Klis that Von Miller's four-game suspension may have been prompted by something other than a positive drug test.
This afternoon, Peter King followed up by suggesting that Von's ban might owe to some "extenuating circumstances."
Says LJ's source, "He didn't test positive for anything."
However, this news hardly means the Broncos will have their star defender come Week 1.
Miller failed a marijuana test during his rookie season, and at that time, was placed in the league's drug program.
Once subjected to the program's random testing, a player can be suspended not only for positive results, but for missing a test, as well. Submission of a diluted sample is also cause for suspension under the NFL's rules.
But while chances of a suspension being overturned are always razor slim in the appeals court of Roger Goodell, one has to figure that Von's prospects are better than if he'd actually failed a test.
It would be terrific to see the All-Pro win his appeal in full, but even a reduction to one or two games would be a victory at this point.
The Mile High altitude issued a harsh welcome to rookie Sly Williams, who said he "gassed" despite his having spent more than two weeks in town.
David Bruton says to expect "a few fights" on Saturday, when the pads go on for the first time; Andrew Mason also says Orton and Thomas stood out, along with rookie Tavarres King.
Quanterus Smith thinks he can fill Elvis Dumervil's shoes, but he's not sure he can make up for the potential absence of Miller. The Western Kentucky alum says that after his knee injury last November, he was simply hoping he'd be drafted at all.
Videos: Sounds and highlights from Friday's practice; John Fox, Wesley Woodyard, and Eric Decker speak afterward; Demaryius Thomas speaks with Chris Hall for BTV; Decker visits with Kurt Warner for NFLN.
Berry's teammate Santonio Holmes doesn't know when he'll return from his Lisfranc injury.