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Report: LB Miller faces 6-game ban

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Von Miller lined up at his usual position Monday and flashed the freakish athletic moves that might soon be missing from the Broncos' ramshackle defense.

The All-Pro linebacker brushed past reporters, declining to talk about the latest report that he could face an even longer suspension that originally thought.

ESPN reported Miller might have to sit out at least the first six games for violating the league's drug abuse policy. Previously, it was believed Miller was facing a monthlong suspension. Miller is unlikely to go forward with an appeal, which was expected to be heard today, ESPN reported.

"Well, there's really no 'latest,' " Broncos coach John Fox said. "We are aware of reports and sometimes it's erroneous because I think we'd probably find out before other people."

WR trade: The Chiefs and 49ers swapped disappointing receivers Jon Baldwin and A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin was the 26th overall choice of the Chiefs in 2011, but has struggled. The 49ers took Jenkins 30th overall last year, but he appeared in only three games and didn't have a catch.

Jones trial: A trial was delayed for Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, who was charged with assault after police said he hit a woman at a nightclub. A defense attorney requested a delay until Oct. 7.

More jurisprudence: Boston police said a gun found in a woman's car was tested and found to have been used in a 2012 double murder linked to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, Boston's WBZ-TV reported. The former Florida standout is in jail on murder charges in a separate case, the death of a man this summer.

BILLS: Rian Lindell was released, meaning rookie Dustin Hopkins out of Florida State won the team's kicking competition.

CHARGERS: Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o (sprained right foot) shed his walking boot, but he's still not practicing.

GIANTS: Receiver Victor Cruz bruised his heel Sunday against the Colts but the injury isn't considered serious. Coach Tom Coughlin said Cruz won't play until the regular season.

JAGUARS: Coach Gus Bradley named Blaine Gabbert his starting quarterback — if Gabbert, out for the rest of the preseason because of a broken thumb, is healthy. Also, receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and offensive linemen Jason Spitz were released.

SAINTS: The team terminated the contracts of quarterback Seneca Wallace and receivers Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton and waived former Hillsborough High receiver Jarred Fayson.

SEAHAWKS: The team sent offensive lineman John Moffitt to Cleveland for Browns defensive lineman Brian Sanford.

VIKINGS: Rookie and former Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had a "minor procedure" on his left knee. Also, cornerback Jacob Lacey was released a week after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Redskins 24, Steelers 13: Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, the top backup to Robert Griffin III, left after what the team called a right mid-foot sprain. Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell (right foot) left in the first quarter. Former Florida QB Rex Grossman threw for 133 yards and a score for the host Redskins.

Report: LB Miller faces 6-game ban 08/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:05am]
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