Elvis Dumervil Considers Von Miller a Younger Brother

Elvis Dumervil still stays in contact with Von Miller, who could possibly miss Denver's season-opener against Dumervil's new team. - Doug Pensinger

The new Ravens linebacker has spoken to Von Miller about his alleged NFL policy violation.

Though he's no longer in Denver, Ravens outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil remains close to former teammate Von Miller.

When asked about Miller's situation, which could culminate in a four-game suspension to start the season for violating an NFL policy, Dumervil seemed displeased a bit that his understudy could be in trouble.

"I spoke to Von the day before the situation broke," Dumervil said. "We have conversations all the time. He's like a younger brother. It's an unfortunate situation to happen. I told him adversity happens. It's how you respond to it. He's like a younger brother so it's a little sensitive."

NFL players can often keep bonds with former teammates after they've chosen to play elsewhere. It appears to be the case with Dumervil and Miller. Dumervil spent seven years with the Broncos, with the last two featuring Miller as a teammate.

Miller has appealed his suspension and is awaiting word on if his suspension will be upheld, reduced or thrown out. An NFLPA spokesman said Miller did not violate the performance-enhancing drugs policy earlier this week.

It's been speculated that Miller tested positive for marijuana, to which he told Yahoo! Sports is "absolutely not" the case.

If Miller loses his appeal, it works in Baltimore's favor for the season-opener, considering the young linebacker recorded 18.5 sacks in 2012. The Broncos and Ravens are scheduled to open the NFL season on Sept. 5.

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