ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a six-game suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy Tuesday, taking away the best defensive player from a team many expect to make a run at the Super Bowl.
The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told The Associated Press.
The person who spoke to the AP did not want to be identified because details about the negotiations were not public.
Broncos executive vice president John Elway said the team was frustrated with what happened "and, I think, disappointed in Von."
"We'll live with that decision," Elway said. "What I'd like to do is try to do everything we can to prevent any other situations."
According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games. His suspension, without pay, will begin Aug. 31, and will cost him more than $800,000 of the nearly $2.3 million he's scheduled to make this season.
He'll be allowed at the team facility, but not at practice during the suspension. He can return to the field Oct. 14, the day after Denver's home game against Jacksonville, and will be eligible for an Oct. 20 contest at the Indianapolis Colts.
After being notified of the decision, Miller released a statement saying, "although my suspension doesn't result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules."
"I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself," he said. "I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. "
The NFL has two drug policies -- one that covers use of performance-enhancing substances and the "Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse" that applied to Miller's case.
Trade is voided
BEREA -- The Browns are back in the market for a right guard. John Moffitt came and went in one day.
Cleveland voided its trade with Seattle for Moffitt on Tuesday, revoking the deal because of health concerns for the third-year lineman who has undergone knee and elbow surgeries the past two seasons.
Needing an experienced right guard with starter Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston sidelined with ankle injuries, the Browns acquired Moffitt Monday from the Seahawks for defensive lineman Brian Sanford. Moffitt excitedly spoke to reporters about a new start in Cleveland on Tuesday and even took the practice field in uniform with his helmet before he was escorted off by Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.
Later, the 6-foot-4, 319-pound Moffitt was traded to Denver, which sent defensive tackle Sealver Siliga to Seattle.
By nullifying the deal for Moffitt, the Browns retain their rights to Sanford. He has spent the past two years bouncing between the practice squad and Cleveland's active roster.
Moffitt started nine games as a rookie in 2011 before tearing a knee ligament and undergoing season-ending surgery. He had an operation on his elbow last season before starting Seattle's final six games and helping the Seahawks make the playoffs.
The Browns, which named Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback a day earlier, are in a bind at guard with Lauvao and Pinkston both expected to miss more than one month. Unless they acquire another player, the Browns may start the season with rookie Garrett Gilkey, a left tackle in college, at right guard.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions lost one of their three starting linebackers in free agency. His likely replacement will be a familiar face.
Ashlee Palmer, who saw plenty of action on special teams last season, will join Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy in the middle of the defense this fall. He replaces starter Justin Durant, who's now battling for a job in Dallas.
"Some people might not realize I've been here four years now," Palmer said Tuesday. "Being in this system has helped me learn it a lot more."
The lead trio also has been helping a largely inexperienced group get acclimated this summer. Aside from the presumed starters, only Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead were on the field for an NFL snap in 2012.
PITTSBURGH -- Mike Tomlin is running out of patience. Even worse, his team is running out of running backs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers muddled through another listless preseason performance on Monday night, losing to the Washington Redskins 24-13 that did little to allay the coach's concerns with three weeks to go before the games start to count.
"We need to get better in a hurry," Tomlin said. And get healthy too.
Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell's professional debut lasted all of four carries before he left with a sprained right foot. Fullback Will Johnson followed him to the sideline with a rib injury while Baron Batch sustained a stinger after taking a particularly vicious hit.
The trio joined Isaac Redman, who sat out as a precaution after suffering a stinger in practice, on an increasingly crowded training table.
While Tomlin expects Johnson, Batch and Redman to return soon, Bell's status won't be determined until later. The second-round draft pick was scheduled to undergo an MRI on the foot Tuesday and a determination won't be made until later in the week on his availability for Saturday's game against Kansas City.
Vick named starter
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick took a pay cut and had to compete for his job when he returned to the Eagles.
Part of the choice had to do with the up-tempo offense mapped out by new coach Chip Kelly.
"I just thought," Vick said, "this was the best opportunity, the best fit for me."
Turns out, Vick was the best fit for Kelly.
With his first chance to put his stamp on Philadelphia's offense, Kelly named Vick the starting quarterback on Tuesday, giving the veteran the nod over Nick Foles after a sterling effort in the preseason.
"He's our starter for the season," Kelly said. "It's not a one-game trial basis."
PUP is option
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jonathan Stewart will miss his third straight preseason game Thursday night at Baltimore and Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't ruling out the possibility of putting the running back on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
If that happens, Stewart would miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
"At this point anything is an option," Rivera said following Tuesday's practice. "What you're hoping is you can get him on the football field and we'll see once the doctor gets a chance to look at him."
Stewart, who's battling back from surgery on both ankles, is continuing to work with trainers on the side but is keeping a close eye on the plays being run during practice.
He has yet to practice with the team.
Cards ink Thomas
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed Mike Thomas, a day after the former University of Arizona standout was released by the Detroit Lions.
Thomas joins a team searching for a No. 4 receiver behind the top three of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts.
The 5-foot-8 Thomas has 176 receptions for 1,796 yards in 61 NFL games since being drafted in the fourth round by Jacksonville in 2009. He led the Jaguars in receptions in 2010 and 2011. He was traded to the Lions after seven games last season.
None of the other top competitors for the Cardinals' fourth receiver spot has any NFL game experience.
Hawkins in boot
CINCINNATI -- Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins is expected to miss the last two preseason games because of a sprained ankle, leaving him a candidate to wind up on injured reserve.
Hawkins sprained his left ankle while trying to make a catch on Aug. 1, and it was placed in a cast. Coach Marvin Lewis says Tuesday that Hawkins will get the cast off this week so the ankle can be examined and he can start therapy, But he'll be in a protective boot for a couple of weeks so that he doesn't aggravate the injury. T
eams can designate one player on injured reserve during the preseason who may return during the season once healthy.