Von Miller Suspension Reaction From Denver Broncos Legend John Elway, Head Coach John Fox [VIDEO]

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Aug 21, 2013 08:59 AM EDT
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Denver Broncos LB Von Miller. (Photo : Reuters)

The Denver Broncos defense is taking a massive hit with the loss of linebacker Von Miller being suspended for six games due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Miller led the team last season in sacks by a wide margin, registering 18.5 of them while also forcing six fumbles.

Miller has insisted adamantly that his suspension is not due to a positive test and released a statement apologizing to fans.

"I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself," Miller said. "I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver."

Denver Broncos legend and current vice president of football operations John Elway expressed deep frustration with Miller's tumultuous offseason, which includes an arrest earlier this month in addition to his defense-crippling suspension.

"We're frustrated with what's happened, disappointed in Von,'' Elway said. "But I think the way I've looked at this, and will continue to look at this, is the decision that's come down we live with that decision. And what I'd like to do is whatever we have to do to prevent any other situations. Whatever we have to do as an organization to try and help Von we want to be able to do."

Elway also seemed worried about the malcontent path that his star defender seems to be traveling down, telling media that the organization is looking into ways to keep Miller on the straight and narrow. "Put aside the fact that he's a good football player. Him as a person, if we can get him help to help him take that next step in the maturation process, we want to do that," Elway said.

Broncos head coach John Fox, while upset he'll be without his top defender, is happy to be through with the uncertainty of the situation. "While it's very disappointing that we will be without him for the start of the season, we will support him as a football team and organization. All of us will stand by Von and help him however possible as he continues his personal growth off the field."

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