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Broncos' Miller denies having substance-abuse problem

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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller told the Denver Post he does not have a substance abuse problem as he gets set to report back to the team Monday following his six-game suspension.

Miller was banned for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He reportedly also tried to manipulate a drug test to avoid a positive result.

Miller said he has a prescription to Adderall for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), explaining that his suspension was not for substance abuse.

"I don't have a substance-abuse problem," Miller said. "I feel like I've definitely made some mistakes in the past. I can't shy away from that. But I'm working hard to fix it. I'm working hard to gain everybody's trust back. All I can ask is people judge me from my actions going forward. I'm working hard to gain trust back. I'm very confident I'll be able to do that."

Miller said he cannot wait to get back on the field. The Broncos are off to a 6-0 start without him but he said the time has moved slowly for him.

"It hasn't gone by fast, though," he said. "A lot of people have said it went by fast. It hasn't. It wasn't easy. And I don't want to get away from that. I want to stay with that focus that it's not easy."

Miller claims he has worked hard to stay in shape during the suspension and that he is "in a very good place" emotionally.

"I still move like a wildcat," he said. "I'm still quick. I'm still going to cover guys. I'm in the best shape of my life. Emotionally I'm in a very good place. Nutrition, I've stepped it up. Usually during the season you get away from it because everything is moving so fast."

Miller said he is sorry and wants to make up for it.

"I can't go back and defend something that was in the past," he said. "I've already served my suspension. I've already started to do everything to keep forward. I apologize for all the troubles or pain I've given Broncos fans or anybody who is close to me. Nobody feels worse about this than me. The good thing about it is I have an opportunity to fix all this stuff."

The Broncos travel to Indianapolis to face the 4-1 Colts on Sunday night.
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