ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –- Broncos linebacker Von Miller is headed back to Denver Thursday night after he spent the day with NFL Players Association officials.
Miller has been suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. His appeal hearing with NFL officials had been scheduled for Thursday morning, but that was postponed. League sources confirmed Thursday Miller had instead met with NFLPA officials to review and plan his defense for his appeal. His appeal hearing has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday. There were moments Thursday when sending Miller directly to New York for a Friday appeal hearing had been considered.
Broncos officials have privately expressed frustration at the process so far and are hoping for a resolution as soon as possible. The team opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 against Baltimore.
Miller is expected to practice with the team Friday and be on the team’s chartered flight to Seattle Friday afternoon. When asked after Thursday’s practice if Miller would play Saturday night in Seattle, Broncos coach John Fox said, “He will be back. He’ll definitely play against Seattle."
Miller has maintained he has “done nothing wrong," and expressed confidence the suspension would not be enforced after he presents his defense.
However, he was arrested Sunday on a warrant for failing to appear in court for three violations from a traffic stop last October. Miller was flagged for the outstanding warrant when he tried to make a purchase at Centennial Gun Club, which is just minutes from the Broncos' practice facility in south suburban Denver.
Miller missed a Dec. 31 court date -- a warrant was issued shortly after that -- stemming from an October traffic stop when he was cited for careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.
"We're aware of it," Fox said of Sunday's arrest. "Obviously you're very disappointed any time a guy doesn't take care of his business, but like I said we support him. He's going to be fine, he's dealt with it.''
ESPN's Chris Mortensen contributed to this report.