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KUSA - Longtime Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater will miss the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension handed down by the NFL.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post/9News contributor, Prater will be suspended four games for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Prater's violation was alcohol-based, which goes against his program with the league after Prater was charged with driving under the influence in 2011. Klis also reports that the NFL originally threatened a one-year suspension for the Broncos kicker, but that Prater's attorney and the league settled at four games.

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When reached by phone, the Broncos declined to comment on the report.

Prater is regarded as one of the best kickers in the league. In 2013, he kicked the longest field-goal in NFL history, a 64-yarder against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field. Prater also went 6 for 7 in field-goal attempts over 50 yards, and had a 96 percent conversion rate for total field-goal attempts last season.

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