Suspended Denver Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller has allegedly conspired with a "star struck" urine collector to corrupt the NFL's drug-testing program, according to league sources.
The source said this was the reason why the NFL increased Miller's suspension to six games and easily could have been up to a year, instead of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Miller's initial diluted sample counted as a positive test and led to notification of his four-week suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Miller then announced that he will fight the suspension.
The NFL, NFLPA and Miller's representatives became aware that the Broncos linebacker and the collector involved worked together in an attempt to help him avoid a failed test.
Another source said the "star struck" collector expressed willingness to substitute another person's urine specimen for Miller's.
However, a second collector discovered that Miller was not in the city where his collection was supposed to have taken place.
"He's fast," one source said of Miller, "but he's not that fast."
A source said he was "reasonably certain" no money changed hands between Miller and the collector.
Miller's agent, Joby Branion, declined comment Sunday morning, as did representatives of the testing company, Drug Free Sport.
After the NFL learned details in the Miller case, it summoned representatives of the testing company to New York in late August to meet with league officials to review collection procedures that could enhance the process in the NFL/NFLPA joint testing program.
The collector involved has been dismissed, per a source.
The Broncos said they had no knowledge of any of this situation and declined comment, and Miller's suspension, which cannot be increased per the settlement agreement, is set to expire three weeks from Monday.
Meanwhile, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith reminded and warned players before the regular season to adhere and respect the collection process.