Aug 24, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) following the preseason win over the St. Louis Rams at Sports Authority Field .The Broncos defeated the Rams 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA- Von Miller is back with the Denver Broncos full-time.
The linebacker officially returned unrestricted to the team Monday, and he spoke to the media Monday afternoon for the first time since the suspension.
"I definitely made mistakes in the past. But it won't do anybody any good to go back and defend this," Miller said. "I've already served my suspension. I'm working hard to gain everybody's trust back.
"All I can ask is everyone judge me on my actions going forward and I can gain everybody's trust back that way."
Miller said during the suspension he has watched every game and has been the team's biggest fan. But he still knows being around the team and improving each day will get their trust back.
"Trust is huge. I can't sit here and say 'this is not going to happen' or 'this is not going to happen' and all this. All I can do is take it one day at a time and gain everybody's trust back one day at a time," Miller said. "Trust is hard to gain but is easy to lose. I'm on that journey to gain everybody's trust back."
Miller said he has had a lot of time to "stable myself." His parents have been in town, but he was adamant in saying he does not have a "babysitter" and his parents have not moved in with him.
"In the last two, two and a half months, I have definitely had to mature up a lot. It was some stuff that I didn't see that I see now," Miller said. "I think I've definitely taken strides to do that. I can't say that I'm super-mature that it just happened. It's a constant struggle. I know if I continue to take it one day at a time I'll get there.
"I've definitely made mistakes, and I'm working hard to fix those mistakes now. I can't relish on the past, but I can sit here and say I'm working hard to be a better person, football player and teammate."
Denver head coach John Fox thinks Miller will make an immediate impact when the Broncos play Sunday night at Indianapolis.
"Obviously, I think he's a terrific player," Fox said. "We haven't watched him practice in six weeks. We'll get to see that on Wednesday. He looks in terrific shape ... He's a dynamic rusher and we're excited to get him back."
Miller was hit in August with a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. It initially was a four-game penalty but was increased after it was learned Miller tried to cheat on a sample.
He already was in the league's drug program because of a positive test for marijuana in 2011 when he was a rookie.
"I get concerned every night about incidents, to be quite honest with you," Fox said when asked if he's concerned about more troubles with Miller. "He understands he made some errors. But we have a lot of people here to help him. But we'll see where that goes. A lot of people make mistakes."
Miller was able to play and workout with the team during the preseason, but the past six weeks was limited to meetings and exercise, no practices.
"I know he's worked very hard in the strength department, worked hard in meetings. He's been on top of all the game plans," Fox said. "He's got the support of everyone here."
Other updates from Fox:
There was no update on right tackle Orlando Franklin, who sprained his left ankle and knee on Knowshon Moreno's second-touchdown run.
On Manning's return to Indianapolis: I'll let him speak to that. But for us this is the Denver Broncos on the road playing at the Indianapolis Colts."
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