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NFL Roundup: Broncos' Miller accepts six-game suspension

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Von Miller met with the media Tuesday afternoon and said he wanted a "fair resolution" to his pending six-game suspension. Less than two hours later, the Denver Broncos linebacker issued a statement accepting the league-imposed punishment.

"The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules. Although my suspension doesn't result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules," Miller said through the NFL Players Association. "I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. 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.

"During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a

The suspension begins Aug. 31 and he will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 14.

--Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith will be suspended for the regular-season opener for using the helmet of an opponent as a weapon.

Smith was given the ban, which includes the final two preseason games, based on his history and apparent intent. However, he told the Houston Chronicle the he considered the suspension harsh because he "pulled back" when swinging the headgear.

During a play in the preseason game against the Dolphins, Smith ripped the helmet off Miami guard Richie Incognito, then swung at Incognito. The swing missed its target. The suspension costs Smith $352,944 in lost wages.

---Guard John Moffitt was acquired by the Denver Broncos, who sent defensive tackle Sealver Siliga to the Seattle Seahawks.

Moffitt thought he was headed to the Cleveland Browns to compete for a starting job on the offensive line, only to have a trade agreed to on Monday voided by the Browns, who cited health concerns. Moffitt has dealt with knee and shoulder injuries during his first two NFL seasons.

---Michael Vick has done nothing to lose the starting quarterback job with the Philadelphia Eagles and has been named the starter for the regular-season opener against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 9.

Vick won a competition with Nick Foles with his performance in the preseason, and head coach Chip Kelly made the announcement at his press conference Tuesday.

"Nick made it very difficult," Kelly said. "It's not where one guy went north and the other guy went south."

---Coach Rob Chudzinski ended any remaining drama around the Cleveland Browns' quarterback job Tuesday, naming incumbent Brandon Weeden the team's starter.

Weeden is 18 of 25 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the preseason. He was competing with veteran free agent Jason Campbell for the starting job.

---Washington Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins avoided a significant foot injury in Monday's preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers after an MRI on Tuesday showed no ligament damage and the Redskins don't believe he suffered a Lisfranc injury.

The Redskins expect Cousins to be available for the regular-season opener on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

---New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was wearing a walking boot and using crutches at Tuesday's practice, but Cruz said he envisions playing in the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, calling the use of a walking boot and crutches a precaution.

Cruz worked out away from the team for most of the offseason while the two sides negotiated on and off. He signed a five-year, $43 million deal on July 18 and took his first preseason reception 57 yards for a touchdown at Pittsburgh.

---Tight end Dustin Keller will miss the 2013 season with a right knee injury after being placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins.

Keller tore three knee ligaments in his knee Saturday night in the preseason game against the Houston Texans. Keller grabbed his right knee after a tackle by D.J. Swearinger on an incomplete pass and later learned he torn the ACL, MCL and PCL in the knee.

---Cornerback Morris Claiborne remains idle for the Dallas Cowboys and won't soon be available, coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday.

Claiborne, the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft, was hopeful he'd be cleared to run at the outset of the week but that hasn't yet happened. Garrett said Claiborne will not play in the team's third preseason game this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Claiborne has tendinitis in his sore left knee. He hasn't practiced since he said he "jammed" the knee Aug. 6 at training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

---Offensive lineman Tony Hills was signed by the Oakland Raiders, who also claimed linebacker Chase Thomas off waivers.

The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Hills had has contract terminated by the Bills on Sunday, but provides veteran experience for the Raiders. Hills was a fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 and played in 10 career games over five seasons with the Steelers, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Thomas originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in April, and was waived by the team Monday.

---Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Keith Williams was waived/injured Tuesday.

If unclaimed, Williams will revert to the team's injured reserve list.

---The Kansas City Chiefs picked up guard Ricky Henry off waivers from the New Orleans Saints and waived long snapper Brad Madison in roster moves made Tuesday.

Henry was released by the Saints on Monday. He started his NFL career an an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2011 and joined the Saints before the 2012 season.

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