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 NFL’s drug-abuse policy is over.
‘‘I definitely made mistakes in the past,’’ Miller said Monday during his first en masse interview since his suspension officially came down. ‘‘It won’t do anybody any good to go back and defend that stuff. I’ve already served my suspension. I’m working hard to gain everybody’s trust back.’’
Miller fell short of the promise he made in July, when news of his pending suspension first surfaced, that ‘‘when this is all done and resolved, I will sit down with all you guys and be candid about everything.’’
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 he’ll be to get back onto the practice field with the Broncos on Wednesday.
The last 2½ 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, of course, all the conjecture about how he let down his teammates.
Yes, the Broncos went 6-0 without him. They also head into Game 7, at Indianapolis on Sunday, with the bottom-ranked passing defense in the league. They’ve allowed more than 500 yards once and more than 300 three other times. Last season, when Miller recorded 18½ of his 30 career sacks, the Broncos didn’t allow a single 300-yard passing game in the regular season.
Miller said he had talked to all his teammates and coaches. Coach John Fox said Miller’s ‘‘got the support of everybody here.’’
The Broncos provided no updates on right tackle Orlando Franklin, who went for an MRI Monday on his sprained left knee and ankle. At the very least, it looks like Franklin will miss Sunday’s game.
Cobb to miss time
The Packers’ injury list keeps growing. Coach Mike McCarthy said wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss ‘‘multiple weeks’’ without specifying the ailment; multiple news outlets reported Cobb suffered a fractured fibula Sunday against Baltimore. Wideout James Jones has a chance of playing Sunday against Cleveland, McCarthy said, despite suffering a leg injury that was reported as a sprained knee ligament. Starting outside linebacker Nick Perry injured his foot Sunday and will be sidelined at least a week and likely longer . . . DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys’ star pass rusher, could miss a game for the first time in his eight-year NFL career after straining his right quadriceps Sunday night against Washington. Running back DeMarco Murray also left after spraining the MCL in his left knee. Coach Jason Garrett said the players will be evaluated daily, and there is no timetable for their return. Dallas plays Philadelphia on Sunday with sole possession of first place in the NFC East on the line . . . The Redskins lost backup linebacker Bryan Kehl and long snapper Nick Sundberg for the season after they were injured Sunday night. Kehl tore the ACL in his left knee and Sundberg tore the meniscus in his right knee.
Bills add QB Flynn
The Bills signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn in their latest bid to shore up an injury-depleted position. A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn spent Monday morning working out for a team that’s been scrambling to add quarterbacks since rookie starter EJ Manuel sprained his right knee Oct. 3. Coach Doug Marrone all but ruled out Flynn’s chances of starting Sunday when Buffalo travels to Miami. Marrone said he ‘‘feels good’’ about Thad Lewis’s chances of starting after tests confirmed the player sustained no significant damage Sunday against Cincinnati, only a sprained ankle . . . The status of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is unclear because of an injury that forced him out of Sunday’s loss to St. Louis — not to mention the battering he’s taking from critics. Coach Gary Kubiak said Schaub is ‘‘beat up on the leg, ankle — everywhere,’’ and that he’ll know more about Schaub this week. Kubiak said he’ll prepare both T.J. Yates and Case Keenum to start Sunday at Kansas City in case Schaub can’t play . . . Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was back at the team’s practice facility, less than 24 hours after he was carted off the field in San Francisco. Campbell underwent tests for possible neck and spine injuries, and all results were favorable. He participated in the team’s walkthrough practice Monday and expressed no qualms about returning. Coach Bruce Arians said Campbell bruised his spine . . . Jets running back Mike Goodson tweeted that he tore two ligaments in his left knee Sunday against Pittsburgh . . . Vikings linebacker Desmond Bishop’s season is over after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday against Carolina.
Could be Cox’s time
Brandon Jacobs didn’t practice Monday for the Giants because of a tweaked left hamstring. That leaves Michael Cox, formerly of UMass, as the team’s lone healthy halfback. Jacobs insisted he will play next Monday against Minnesota. Cox, a seventh-round pick, said he is ready. “Obviously I’m just working on everything, pass protection, just watching more film and the whole offense, everything,’’ said Cox, who has yet to log a carry this year . . . Construction is slated to restart Tuesday at the new $1.2 billion 49ers showcase stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., after police and fire investigators determined a truck driver’s death was a workplace accident and not a crime. The delivery truck driver was crushed early Monday by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck, officials said. It’s the second worker death at the construction project. An elevator mechanic was killed in June.