It was a very busy afternoon for the Denver Broncos’ front office. Both John Elway and John Fox issued statements about Von Miller’s six-game suspension and then spoke to the media about the ordeal.
“Replacing him on the field will not be easy, but every team must deal with adversity. We will plan accordingly and be prepared. I am confident our team will step up and meet the challenge.
I expect Von to stay in excellent shape and be ready to play at a high level when he returns to the Broncos.” – John Fox
Maybe this is what the Broncos needed. They needed an off season full of hiccups to lessen their top-dog Super Bowl-bound status. This test of enduring adversity may just be good training for the regular season’s inevitable mental obstacles.
“Obviously we’re frustrated with what’s happened—and I think disappointed in Von,” Elway said.
Miller will be able to go to meetings and remain at the team facility during the suspension. He will not be allowed to practice until Monday, October 14.
“I know nobody feels worse about this than Von, so for us [it’s being] able to keep our arms around him and be there for him and help him through this process,” Elway said.
Elway said that there were no red flags when evaluating Miller before being drafted.
The road to the Super Bowl is never an easy one. Sometimes things have to go wrong in order for them to go right, even in August.
Amidst all the suspension talk, the team acquired offensive lineman John Moffitt in a trade from Seattle as well Tuesday afternoon. The team sent defensive tackle Sealver Siliga to the Seahawks in a rare player-for-player trade.
Moffitt is in his third year and has made 15 starts in 17 career regular season games in his first two seasons. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round (75th overall) in the 2011 draft.
Last season, the 6-4, 319-pound lineman started in six of eight games, with four starts at right guard and two at left guard. During his rookie season, he started nine straight games before being placed on injured reserve. Moffitt was traded to the Browns on Aug. 19, but the trade was voided after a failed physical.
That raises some concerns adding another injured lineman to the mix, but team doctor’s know better than I do.