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Broncos LB Von Miller beefing up support system with parents

Von Miller is suspended for the first six games of the season. (USATSI)
Von Miller is suspended for the first six games of the season (USATSI)

Denver star linebacker Von Miller aims to return to the team following his six-game drug suspension a more mature, responsible individual, according to sources close to the player, including having his parents move in with him in Denver.

Miller has become a media target following his suspension and his recent issues with speeding, and should he fail another drug test or have irregularities with his sample and follow every part of the program's strict protocol, he would be facing a season-long suspension. To that end Miller's parents have moved in with the third-year player shortly after his suspension came down, and the Broncos plan to have a team employee work directly with Miller on a daily basis making sure he is coordinating his time wisely, and working with the player's representatives closely.

Miller isn't seen as a bad kid by any stretch, but clearly he has issues with maturity and responsibility. He's been known to show up to the wrong meeting at the team facility or show up late despite being inside the facility, with details sometimes slipping his mind. For lack of a better word, team officials will babysit him more closely and ensure Miller understands that things many would take for granted -- like traveling outside of the state without first notifying the NFL -- he cannot do. Due to the stage of the drug program he is in, all such trips must be cleared first so that Miller is able to potentially be drug tested.

Miller immediately established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL upon entering the league as a first-round pick, but his recent indiscretions could restrict his ability to re-work his team-friendly entry-level contract. However, the Broncos remain very high on him, sources said, and will take a more proactive approach to try to keep him on a straight path.


Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
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