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.

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Broncos OLB Von Miller (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. HC Vance Joseph said Miller will be in the lineup, though, according to Pro Football Talk. If you're planning to use Miller, then he should be good to go. LB Brandon Marshall (knee) is also questionable. He has become a weak IDP contributor.

To the surprise of probably no one, Broncos OLB Von Miller landed the largest-ever contract for a defensive player before Friday's deadline for franchise-tagged players. The 6-year deal includes $70 million in guarantees and just might lock in the 27-year-old as a Bronco for the life of his NFL career. It removes concern on Miller's 2016 status for IDP owners and keeps the best player in a Denver defense that belongs among the top 5 in fantasy football drafts.

The NFL's deadline for franchised players to sign a long-term contract -- or wait until after the season to resume negotiations -- looms this Friday. That day might be more important for Broncos OLB Von Miller than other tagged players. “No, I’m not gonna play on the franchise tag. It just doesn’t make sense in any way,” Miller told ESPN on Monday. “I’ve never really played for money. It’s bigger than that for me. It’s a league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with.” That sounds fairly serious -- more serious than the usual player simply (and understandably) trying to maximize his earning potential during a short career. It should worry IDP owners about Miller's 2016 outlook if he doesn't agree to a deal by Friday. The Broncos reportedly increased the guaranteed money recently in a contract offer worth more than $100 million total, so we'll see what happens this week.

The Broncos on Tuesday placed the exclusive franchise tag on OLB Von Miller. That means he can't even negotiate with other teams in free agency. It also makes clear what all have expected: that the Broncos intend to keep Miller around long term.

Broncos OLB Von Miller came away from Week 2 with a sore groin muscle that found him on the sideline late in the game.  According to The Denver Post, though, it doesn't seem like a significant issue.  Miller actually played through the issue for a while Sunday afternoon before coming out.  We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Week 3, but don't panic if your IDP lineup features Denver's star pass rusher.

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