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It's official.  Broncos LB Von Miller will miss the season's 1st 6 games for his violation of the league drug policy.  We've already knocked Miller way down our LB rankings.  He shouldn't come off the board until late in your IDP draft, and even then only if the scoring favors sacks.  Miller's 6-game absence also crushes a Denver D that already looked tenuous for fantasy purposes.  Miller and departed DE Elvis Dumervil combined for 29.5 of the team's 52 sacks last season.  The Broncos will have a tough time making up for that.  Don't draft this unit as a starter in your fantasy football league.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen report that Broncos LB Von Miller could be suspended for as many as 6 games as soon as today.  This adds 2 more games to the original reports of an impending 2-game ban.  That would knock Miller out for more than one-third of the regular season in many fantasy football leagues.  We'll await an official announcement before adjusting his projection, but don't look at Miller until the late rounds of your IDP draft if you're picking in the meantime.  MLB Nate Irving and free-agent OLB Shaun Phillips are among the candidates to replace Miller whenever he's out.

Update: Schefter's report says the suspension -- for drug-policy violation -- is expected to be "at least" 6 games.  The 2 sides are reportedly "negotiating" a settled length that Miller will not appeal.  We'll move him down as soon as the official length gets announced.

5:47pm EDT 8/14/13

Broncos LB Von Miller was arrested Sunday and charged with failing to appear in court on a traffic misdemeanor.  That particular charge doesn't seem like a big deal, but it won't help a guy trying to shake off a 4-game league suspension.  If Miller weren't such a supreme talent, this might be grounds to start sliding him well down the LB rankings.  But he is, so we'll wait and see how his appeal goes.  Let's hope that Miller turns the year around from here.

ESPN reports that the league expects to review Broncos LB Von Miller's appeal in mid-August.  News leaked this week that Miller faces a 4-game ban under the league substance-abuse policy, but the player has claimed no wrongdoing.  The Denver Post has reported that Miller tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana as a 2011 rookie, but we don't know the substance in question this time.  An August appeal date should clarify the situation before the regular season, but it won't do so before many of us draft our fantasy football teams.  For now, we'll have to stick with drafting Miller near his normal position in your IDP league.  He's such a special talent that we're willing to put up with a few missed weeks.  Of course, you'll also have to grab some insurance.  And the uncertainty might be enough to swing the balance if you're weighing him against another defender on draft day.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the league has suspended Broncos LB Von Miller 4 games for violating the substance abuse policy.  Miller says he did nothing wrong, and league privacy rules dictate that this news shouldn't have been publicized until the appeals process played out.  The NFLPA reports that the violation doesn't stem from steroid use.  We'll see how this one plays out before adjusting our IDP outlook on 1 of the league's best pass-rushers.  Obviously, losing Miller for any amount of time would deal a harsh blow to Denver's defense.  Veteran Shaun Phillips arrived via free agency this offseason and would likely fill in.

The Broncos' pass rush terrorized Seattle QBs on Saturday. Rookie OLB Von Miller tallied 2 sacks. DE Elvis Dumervil registered his 1st 1.5 sacks of the preseason. DL Jeremy Jarmon put up his 1st sack as a Bronco. Even OLB Wesley Woodyard notched a half-sack after taking over for the injured D.J. Williams. LDE starter Robert Ayers, meanwhile, managed just his 1st QB hit of the summer. Ayers also has just 1 tackle through 3 games, quashing any hopes of IDP-sleeper value. Dumervil and Miller will lead this rush, with Miller moving to the line from his LB spot in passing situations. On the Seattle side, let's just say that all involved should be praying for the return of LT Russell Okung from his ankle sprain.

Broncos rookie OLB Von Miller left practice Friday with a bruised quad and is considered day-to-day. It's a minor ding, but rookies could use all the reps they can get in this abbreviated off-season. Miller, in particular, will be facing multiple roles and must get acclimated. Ultimately, though, his IDP value won't come close to matching his draft position. Frankly, it's still baffling this 4-3 D opted for an OLB over, say, DL Marcell Dareus.

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