What has Von Miller been doing for the last six weeks as he served his suspension? He’s fully immersed himself in the game of football.
Miller added size (16 pounds) without losing speed, he worked with former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Chuck Smith, he attended team meetings, and he watched lots and lots of football.
Not only would I watch our game, I’d watch every game on Sundays. I’ve been up on the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins (his first two opponents). I watched the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ve watched every single game those guys played…It’s one of the positives I got out of it — I got to see everybody in the whole league.” – Von Miller (Denver Post)
When the final whistle blew after the Broncos beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 35-19, Miller’s suspension was lifted. He was available to the press first thing on Monday along with John Fox.
“We haven’t watched him practice in six weeks so we will get a chance to see that on Wednesday,” Fox said. “[Strength & Conditioning Coach] Luke Richesson and his staff have done a terrific job as far as the conditioning and things he can do outside of practicing football. So he looks in terrific shape.”
Miller has everyone’s trust on the football field, but he has to work on it off the field now, too.
“Trust is hard to gain but it’s easy to lose,” Miller said. “I’m on that journey to gain everybody’s trust back.”
Miller cited procrastination as his biggest opponent in the off season.
“I learned that traffic tickets and procrastination can lead to some bigger things,” Miller said.
Miller returns just in time to take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Without Miller, Denver is 10th with 17 sacks on the year. The team will have to make a roster spot for Miller so look for a roster shakeup in the next day or two.