Miller appeal to be resolved before season

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Von Miller’s appeal of a four-game NFL suspension (reportedly for substance abuse) will be held in mid-August. Thus, Denver will know whether or not Miller will serve the suspension before the start of the regular season. The Broncos kick off the NFL season by hosting the world champion Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 5.

The Denver Post reports marijuana, not amphetamine, was the reason the star pass-rusher was placed in the NFL substance abuse program as a rookie in 2011.

The appeal is massive for Miller and Denver. He has 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons and he is widely considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL. In an Insider piece, ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks Miller, 24, as the third-best player in the NFL under the age of 25.

In other AFC West notes:

U-T San Diego reports the Chargers are expected to place pass-rusher Melvin Ingram on the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday. That means the team has some hope he could possibly return at the end of the season or he’d already be on the injured reserve list. The 2012 first-round draft pick tore his ACL in May. Still, the chances of Ingram playing this season are not great.

U-T San Diego reports the Chargers remain interested in defensive tackle Justin Bannan. The former Bronco would give the Chargers much-needed depth along the defensive front. Detroit is also interested in Bannan.

In an Insider piece, the AFC West gets some love in a list of up-and-coming players under the age of 25.