ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – No apologies. No promises. No explanations.
Instead, Broncos linebacker Von Miller simply asked his fans, teammates and coaches to judge him on what he does in the future, now that his six-game suspension for violating the NFLs drug-abuse policy is over.
During his first en masse interview since his suspension came down, Miller said theres no use in defending his past.
Im working hard to gain everybodys trust back, he said Monday.
He fell short of the promise he made in July to sit down and be candid about everything when his case was resolved.
Instead, during a nine-minute interview heavy on scripted talking points, the third-year veteran talked about how grateful he was for the support his teammates have shown him during his ordeal, and how happy hell be to get back onto the practice field with the Broncos on Wednesday.
The last 2 1/2 months, he conceded, have been difficult – not only the part about sitting out, but hearing the constant reports about his traffic tickets, missed court dates, his attempt to manipulate the NFL drug-testing system and all the conjecture about how he let down his teammates.
Miller will be eligible for Denvers game Sunday night at Indianapolis.
Ive definitely had to mature up a lot, Miller said. There was some stuff that I didnt see that I see now. Ive definitely taken strides to do that. I cant say Im super mature. Not that it just happens. Its a constant struggle. I know if I take it one day at a time, Ill get there.
Worker dies at site of 49ers stadium
Construction is slated to restart today in Santa Clara, Calif., at the new $1.2 billion San Francisco 49ers showcase stadium, after police and fire investigators determined a workers death was an accident and not a crime.
Officials at the scene said a delivery truck driver was crushed early Monday by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck.
The construction company building the stadium, Turner/Devcon, said an ambulance rushed the severely injured worker to a local hospital, where he died.
A workplace safety investigation is underway.
Its the second death at the site since construction began.
In June, an elevator mechanic was killed at the stadium when he was struck by a counterweight while working in a shaft.
Around the league
Minnesota linebacker Desmond Bishops season is over because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Bishop was hurt in the second quarter of Sundays game against Carolina. He walked off with a limp under his own power, and coach Leslie Frazier said afterward he didnt believe the injury was serious.
Buffalo signed free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn in the Bills latest bid to shore up an injury-depleted position. Flynn was released last week by Oakland.
Washington lost linebacker Bryan Kehl and long snapper Nick Sundberg for the season with injuries. Kehl tore the ACL in his left knee, and Sundberg tore the meniscus in his right knee in Sundays 31-16 loss to Dallas.
Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell was back at the teams practice facility Monday, less than 24 hours after he was carted off the field in San Francisco. The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder hopes to be cleared to play for Arizonas home against Seattle on Thursday night. Another test was scheduled for Monday.