AFC Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs


  • 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)



  • The Chiefs did not list any players on the injury report ahead of their season opener against the Texans on Thursday night. 

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