Dr. David Chao writes that based on his past experience as a team doctor, he believes Broncos OLB Von Miller suffered a dislocation to his peroneal tendons in his ankle.
Chao says if Miller just needs the tendon relocated instead of repaired, there’s precedent for him to return this season. He notes he performed a similar operation on Chargers DE Luis Castillo in 2007 who suffered the injury in Week 9 and returned during the playoffs.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport confirmed Miller dislocated his peroneal tendon and that surgery is expected. He said the typical return is 5-6 months with a three-month timeline the best-case scenario.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio points out Miller is unlikely to play out next season on his current contract with the Broncos. He’s due $17.5 million in the final year of his deal in 2021 but none is guaranteed.
Florio expects Miller to either sign a new deal or for Denver to trade or release him. Miller is due to have $7 million of his base salary guaranteed on the first day of the 2021 league year, so that will serve as a deadline of sorts.
Broncos HC Vic Fangio said Miller will go on injured reserve at some point and there’s a chance his season is over: “It was just a normal play. He rushed around the edge. If you saw the video you would think nothing happened. But it did.” (Troy Renck)
Replacing Miller will be a group effort, per Fangio: “The whole team must pick up the void. It’s everybody when you lose a player of that caliber, on the field and off the field. We have a good enough team to overcome it.” (Renck)
Per the Athletic’s Daniel Popper, Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said C Mike Pouncey will be a game-time decision. Pouncey is dealing with an injury that’s not related to the season-ending neck injury he suffered last year.