Good Morning, Broncos fans! The news regarding Von Miller's possible suspension figured to get worse before it improved.
Accordingly, Mike Klis reports that, in his 2011 rookie season, Von tested positive on multiple occasions for marijuana and an undisclosed amphetamine.
That Miller is facing a four-game suspension would suggest that he's been placed into the second stage of the league's drug program, in which he would face random testing as often as ten times monthly.
Von is known to be challenging the suspension, but no appeal date has been set.
Adam Schefter and Ed Werder report that yesterday's news came as no surprise to Johns Elway and Fox, so it may be fair to assume that losing the 2011 DROY for the season's first four games has already been accounted for from a personnel and schematic perspective.
If a four-game suspension were to stand, the All-Pro would have to leave the team following its preseason finale, and would only become available to them on September 30.
Troy Renck sees Miller's actions as selfish and inexcusable, and considering that everyone knows the NFL's policy on drug use (regardless of how we feel about it), it's hard to argue with that sentiment.
Jeff Legwold says the responsibility of replacing Von would fall to Shaun Phillips and Quanterus Smith, and perhaps even Nate Irving.
Mike Tanier thinks Phillips is a better fit as a complement to Miller than as his stand-in, and he believes Derek Wolfe's role alongside Phillips would be different than it is when he's next to Von. Tanier says Sly Williams should provide some rush up the middle, but he doesn't think we should expect much early on out of Quant.
Frank Schwab doesn't think a suspension would jeopardize Denver's chances at taking the division, but he does think it could cost them home field advantage and/or a bye.
When Pat Kirwan visits Dove Valley next month, he expects to get a good handle on how well Peyton Manning is throwing it deep, and whether Montee Ball can pass protect.
James Merilatt ponders a few pre-camp questions; we'd argue that the Broncos are in better shape at RB than he portrays them, and who's downplaying the departure of Elvis Dumervil? Middle linebacker is, indeed, a major issue, and the cornerback competition should be the team's best.
Andrew Mason looks ahead to the regular-season finale at Oakland.
The NFL and NFLPA have taken a big step toward HGH testing, as all players will submit to blood tests as part of a population study this summer.
Washington's medical staff has already cleared RG3 to practice; New England placed TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman, and TE Jake Ballard on its preseason PUP list and came thisclose to signing a defensive tackle who'd been kicked out of Duke over gun charges. Clearly, that would have been a bad look, given their eventful summer.
On that topic, yesterday's hearing for Aaron Hernandez co-defendant Ernest Wallace was rescheduled for Friday.
The trade of Eric Wright from the Bucs to the Niners was voided when Wright failed his physical; Tampa Bay is expected to release the trouble corner, and they are expected to try out former Broncos running back Peyton Hillis.
The Jets worked out several players Monday, including WR Austin Collie, WR Laurent Robinson, and K Billy Cundiff; Detroit will also work out Robinson this week, along with former AFCW wideouts Chaz Schilens and Steve Breaston; ex-Pats WR Donald Jones will visit with the Colts and Titans.
Matt Waldman ponders what went wrong in his pre-draft evaluation of Demaryius Thomas; if only more scouts were so introspective...
Mike Tanier says that, of course, Tony Romo catches far more flak than he deserves, and Jerry Jones is the guy to blame for the Cowboys' problems over the years.
Christmas Ape translates PK's debut column at his new site; a bunch of KSK readers did a fine job of trolling King during his Reddit AMA; David Rappoccio shares outtakes from the coming ESPN Manning documentary.
In the first of a two-parter, Bill Barnwell includes Ryan Clady (#36) among his 50 most valuable NFL assets, even with Clady's hefty new contract.
Of the 50 players he considers to be elite, Neil Hornsby expects more of the same from Peyton Manning, and still more improvement from Von Miller. Here are four players he expects will join their ranks in 2013.
It's fine that Ron Jaworski ranks Aaron Rodgers ahead of Manning in his QB rankings, but his placement of Joe Flacco ahead of Drew Brees still mars the validity of the whole exercise. (Insider)
It wouldn't surprise you to learn that PMFM was, by far, the most efficient third-down quarterback in the NFL last year, right?
Scott Kacsmar dives into the chicken-or-egg-like question of whether AIR yardage or YAC is more telling when evaluating quarterbacks statistically.
At OTC, a look at the Falcons' best and worst contracts, the contract-year campaign of franchise-tagged Bills safety Jairus Byrd, and the overdramatization of the offset clause in rookie deal negotiations, which probably owes to one Mike Florio.
Bucky Brooks discusses potential top 2014 prospects Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, Washington), David Fales (QB, San Jose State), and the SEC's leading tackles.
Dan Wetzel calls bullshit on Urban Meyer's repeated claims that he recruits better people than do all other top college coaches.
Chris Brown breaks down a few plays that helped Alabama maul Notre Dame in January.