NEW YORK — Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is among 20 players suspended for the beginning of the NFL season.
Miller will be out six games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He will miss Thursday night's opener against the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season. It will cost Miller about $800,000.
"I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself," Miller said when the agreement was reached last month. "I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others."
Two players are suspended for eight games: Baltimore defensive back Asa Jackson and Bengals defensive end DeQuin Evans, under the performance-enhancing drugs policy.
None of the 20 players has been suspended for violating the personal conduct policy, although Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested in New Jersey in May on drugs and weapons charges and will miss four games for substance abuse. His case was sent to a grand jury.
Also suspended under the substance abuse policy for four games each were Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon, Colts receiver LaVon Brazill, Giants safety Will Hill, Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson, Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington and Ravens safety Christian Thompson.
Also barred for substance abuse, but with lesser suspensions, were Vikings fullback Jerome Felton (three games), Browns receiver Josh Gordon (two), 49ers tight end Demarcus Dobbs (one), Rams running back Isaiah Pead (one) and Chiefs offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins (one).
Suspended four games for using performance enhancers were Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Raiders receiver Andre Holmes, Redskins defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins and Vikings tackle DeMarcus Love.