Miller's teammates are "still going to be there for him and help him make good decisions all the time," linebacker and co-captain Wesley Woodyard said after practice. "He's like my little brother, so I'm always going to be tough on him. ... I'm always going to tell him to do the right thing."
Miller has been working out and attending meetings at Broncos headquarters but isn't allowed to speak with the media during his suspension. He wasn't in the locker room Wednesday as he had been during the 45-minute period that was open to reporters Monday. He has politely declined all interviews since his suspension was handed down on Aug. 20.
Miller had 30 sacks in his first two NFL seasons. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 after the Broncos made him the second overall pick out of Texas A&M. He set the franchise record with 18½ sacks last season, leading Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway to call him the best player he's ever seen.
Miller first made headlines in the offseason when he guaranteed the Broncos would win the Super Bowl. Because of his suspension that could cost him more than $2 million in lost salary and prorated signing bonuses, he can't start to back up that boast until Week 7 when Denver plays at Indianapolis — providing he doesn't face additional discipline.
Notes: Woodyard (ankle, foot) said he'll return to practice Thursday and will play against the Giants this weekend. ... CB Champ Bailey worked with the strength and conditioning coach during practice, an indication he's getting close to returning to practice for the first time since spraining his left foot Aug. 17. ... Fox wore an NYPD cap at practice to commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
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