Miller had his best game of the season after missing the start of the year because of an NFL suspension.
Miller's lawyer, Abraham Hutt, said neither he nor prosecutors thought Miller had to be present for his Arapahoe County Court hearing Monday morning. Magistrate Christina Apostoli wanted him there, however, so Miller was summoned from the team's nearby headquarters. Players were off Monday. When coach John Fox met with the media, he said Miller "was just going on his lawyer's advice," not to attend the hearing before being called to go over to the courthouse.
Coach John Fox said his All-Pro outside linebacker "had an outstanding practice. Obviously he's got fresh legs and ready to roll and excited about the opportunity this week." Miller had 30 sacks in his first two seasons for the Broncos, who went 6-0 in his absence despite the league's worst pass defense.
Miller was arrested when he tried to purchase a weapon last month and a routine background check revealed an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic charges from last year. He also was pulled over near his suburban Denver home last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
Robinson said Miller was with his father, who was then allowed to drive the vehicle. The Broncos declined comment on Miller's latest legal troubles when contacted by The Associated Press.
To make room, the Broncos waived wide receiver Tavarres King, whom they'd promoted from their practice squad earlier in the week to keep him from joining the Green Bay Packers. Miller returned to practice Wednesday after serving his ban for violating the league's drug-abuse policy. Miller has 30 sacks in his first two seasons and guaranteed a Super Bowl victory in the offseason.
ESPN, citing people it didn't identify, reported that Miller might have to sit out at least six games for violating the league's drug-abuse policy. In that case, Miller's earliest possible game would be Oct. 20 at Indianapolis. Previously, it was believed Miller was facing a possible monthlong suspension to start the 2013 season. Miller had repeatedly expressed confidence he was going to successfully win an appeal of that penalty, insisting he had "done nothing wrong."
ESPN reported midway through practice, however, that Miller's appeals hearing had been postponed. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press that the league was not at liberty to comment on the matter. Miller has 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons and a four-game suspension would leave a gaping hole in Denver's defense
Arapahoe County sheriff's detention chief Louie Perea says Miller was arrested Sunday and then released. KMGH-TV in Denver reported that the warrant alleges he failed to appear for a court hearing on charges of careless driving, driving without a license and no proof of insurance. Separately, Miller is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy. He has appealed and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
If Miller loses his appeal, which is expected to be heard in mid-August, he'll have to leave the team on Aug. 30 and sit out all of September, missing games against the Ravens, Raiders and Eagles at home and Giants on the road.