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Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller attempted to use the help of a urine collector to avoid a positive drug test, according to an ESPN report.

That helps explain why Miller is currently serving a six-game suspension rather than the standard four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Sources said Miller faced a suspension of up to a year after the NFL, NFLPA and Miller's representatives became away that Miller had worked with a collector in an attempt to avoid a positive test.

Miller spends time in Miami during the offseason, where the collector reportedly works and became "star struck" after getting to know Miller. Sources told ESPN the plan might have worked had a second collector not discovered that Miller was not in the city where his test was supposed to have taken place.

A source told ESPN that no money is believed to have changed hands, and the collector involved in the case has been dismissed. However, the incident is causing the league to consider changes to the collection procedures that could enhance the process in the NFL/NFLPA joint testing program.

---San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith faces no immediate discipline from the team or the NFL stemming from his arrest on suspicion of DUI Friday.

Smith started Sunday's game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park. However, the team is urging him to seek treatment, according to ESPN.

Fox Sports reported that he could enter a rehab program as early as this week and could miss significant time. According to the report, the team and those close to Smith are urging him to get help right away.

---49ers tight end Vernon Davis was inactive for the game against the Indianapolis Colts, missing a matchup with his brother, cornerback Vontae Davis.

Vernon Davis (hamstring) sitting out gave rookie second-round pick Vance McDonald the starting spot.

The 49ers started the game without one of their top offensive players, and then lost All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) in the second half.

---Arizona Cardinals starting defensive tackle Dan Williams missed Sunday's game against the host New Orleans Saints after his father was killed in a car accident.

---Safety Ed Reed made his Houston Texans debut against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens. Reed, a 12-year veteran, underwent offseason hip surgery after signing a three-year, $15 million contract in March to join the Texans and missed the first two games.

---Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was inactive for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Rice strained a hip flexor last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns and did not practice this past week.

---James Starks started at running back for the Green Bay Packers, replacing injured rookie Eddie Lacy.

---New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was upgraded to questionable Friday, but he did not play Snday.

Gronkowski has not played since he was injured in the regular-season finale in December 2012.

---Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich agreed to a contract extension through 2016, ESPN.com reported.

Ninkovich, who starts on the right side, was in the final year of his contract. His extension reportedly includes more than $8 million in bonus and guaranteed money.

--Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis and kicker Kai Forbath were inactive for the game against the Detroit Lions.

Davis is out with an ankle injury and Forbath has a groin injury.

--- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) was active for the first time this season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew (ankle) was also active, but quarterback Blaine Gabbert (lacerated hand) was idle as expected.

---Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (leg) attempted to play through an injury but was pulled in the third quarter. Johnson was cleared to play this week after recovering from a concussion.
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