An MRI on Broncos OLB Von Miller‘s knee confirmed that he has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.
“It’s a blow,” said HC John Fox on Monday, via the Denver Post. “Much like losing a guy like (left tackle) Ryan Clady earlier in the season. But our guys will deal with it. Nate Irving filled in fairly early in the game (Sunday at Houston) and I thought did a very good job. We’ll sort it out with a possible roster move and those kind of things. Those take a couple minutes to move on and we’ll sort that out as we go.”
To make matters worse for Denver, they also lost DT Kevin Vickerson for the season as well.
Their defensive line has been a bit of an issue this season, so this will apply a lot of pressure to their linebackers and secondary moving forward. Second-year DE Derek Wolfe could be back in time to play in Week 17, but there are no guarantees that this point.
Miller is rated as the No. 1 4-3 OLB by a huge margin, according to Pro Football Focus.
Klis added that Miller is set to undergo tests on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury.
Miller suffered the injury during the team’s second defensive series against the Texans on Sunday. Despite being able to walk off the field on his own, there is a concern that Miller have ligament damage to his knee.
The Broncos defense hasn’t exactly been a superior defensive unit this year and losing Miller for any amount of time is certain to have a negative impact moving forward. Denver has a real shot at making a Super Bowl this year, but as injuries starting adding up, they become less of a threat.