The reports are coming in that Broncos' pass rush specialist, Von Miller, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting he popped positive for Marijuana and another substance which is being reported as Mollies aka "Ecstacy".
According to Mike Klis, this isn't the first time for Miller:
According to NFL source, #Broncos LB Von Miller tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana during his rookie season of 2011.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 22, 2013
The suspension is currently in appeals but barring this being some kind of huge error, the odds are pretty good it would hold, especially with the previous positive test.
Miller's suspension would be for the first four games of the season which would include the Broncos' week three game in Denver on Monday Night Football against the Raiders. Replacing Miller in the lineup would be former Chargers' veteran, Shaun Phillips.
This would also mean the Broncos would be without both of their top pass rushers from last season. Elvis Dumervil was the other and due to a paperwork faxing mishap, he was not re-signed and left to join the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent.
Everyone is expecting this game to be a blowout victory for the Broncos but if the Broncos can't rush the passer, the Raiders could have a legitimate shot at making a game of it.