Von Millerís $25,000 fine raises specter of suspension
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 7, 2012, 6:09 PM EST
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Broncos linebacker Von Miller is a candidate for the NFLís defensive player of the year award. But if heís not careful, he may soon be a candidate for a suspension as well.
The NFL has confirmed that Miller was fined $25,000 for striking Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman below the knee area last week. Miller, who was given a 15-yard penalty for that hit on Freeman, has now been fined enough times for illegal hits that he risks the NFL deciding that fines just arenít getting the message through to him, and that suspensions are next.
Among Millerís other fines: He was fined $21,000 for a hit on Cam Newton last month. He was fined $7,500 for a late hit against the Patriots in the playoffs in January. He was fined $25,000 for a hit on Mark Sanchez in November of 2011. And he was fined $15,000 for a hit on Carson Palmer in November of 2011.
Thatís five fines in Millerís last 24 games. The NFL has made clear that it will suspend repeat offenders if fines arenít getting the point across, and Miller now appears to be a prime candidate for one of those suspensions.
The good news for Miller is that when the NFL fined Ravens safety Ed Reed for his third helmet-to-helmet hit of the last three seasons, Reed won his appeal. But that doesnít mean the NFL is done handing out suspensions for repeated illegal hits. A suspension of Miller would be a huge blow to the Broncos, but if he keeps racking up fines, a suspension is coming.