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    Broncos coach Fox steers focus away from LB Von Miller

    Broncos coach John Fox came to Von Miller’s defense Thursday, 24 hours after publicly expressing frustration in his suspended star over multiple traffic transgressions.

    Fox said the team is helping Miller stay out of trouble any way it can, and he pointed out that the All-Pro linebacker’s infractions were nothing more serious than traffic citations.

    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.


    A third citation surfaced in California late Wednesday, but his agent disputed a Dallas TV report that there was an open warrant for Miller stemming from the 2012 speeding ticket in Orange County.

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    It’s unlikely Miller’s six-game suspension would be extended by the NFL commissioner because traffic violations haven’t generally been a part of the NFL’s conduct policy.

    Fox didn’t go into specifics on how the team was helping Miller, the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 and two-time Pro Bowler.

    ‘‘Let me just say, anything that can be done, we’re doing,’’ Fox said. ‘‘I think in a good way, some of this is getting cleaned up. I would remind people it is traffic citations.

    “I've had multiple traffic tickets to be honest with you. It’s just a matter of handling it, getting it paid for because people want their money and handling that the right way and we’re helping him to that.’’

    Thomas eyes Welker


    After overcoming two major knee surgeries in the past two years, Terrell Thomas might be facing his biggest challenge. The Giants cornerback is probably going to go against Wes Welker when New York meets the Broncos at MetLife Stadium Sunday.

    Thomas, who missed the past two seasons after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament for the second and third times of his career, defended the slot receiver in the Giants’ 36-31 loss to Dallas Sunday.

    The Giants were awarded linebacker Allen Bradford off waivers and placed linebacker Dan Connor on injured reserve with a neck problem. Bradford was released by the Seahawks on Wednesday.

    Center David Baas practiced for the second straight day on a limited basis, and there is a chance he will make his season debut Sunday. Cornerback Prince Amukamara (concussion) was meeting with doctors, and coach Tom Coughlin said if he practices Friday, he might start Sunday.

    Buc fined for costly hit

    Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times he was fined for his late hit on quarterback Geno Smith that put the Jets in position for their winning kick last Sunday. David confirmed the fine of $7,875, adding that he intends to appeal . . . The Cowboys are closer to putting six-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters on the field after he signed last week following a year away from football. He’s likely to play on the right side, where Mackenzy Bernadeau was the starter against the Giants . . . The Jaguars could be without both starting cornerbacks Sunday against the Raiders. Veteran Alan Ball left practice early Thursday after injuring his groin, and fellow starter Dwayne Gratz already has been ruled out for at least three games with a badly sprained right ankle. Coach Gus Bradley says Ball injured the lower part of his groin muscle and might be able to play. If he can't, the Jaguars likely would go with newly signed cornerback Will Blackmon on one side and rookie Demetrius McCray, a seventh-round draft pick, on the other.