(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will be suspended six games for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
The league wanted a longer penalty for Miller, but the sides agreed to less than half the season.
“Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules,” Miller said in a statement released by the Broncos.
“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.”
Miller’s suspension will begin on August 30, and he will be eligible to return for the seventh game of the season on October 20. against the Indianapolis Colts.
During the suspension, Miller will not be allowed to practice with the Broncos, but is allowed to train at the team’s facility. The suspension will cost him more than $800,000 of the $2.3 million he’s scheduled to make this season.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Seth Fiegerman, CNN