The Denver Broncos have lost their best defensive player after All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller suffered a torn ACL that’will end his season:
Von Miller wanted to go back in the game yesterday. He felt OK. Knee felt stable. And yet… MRI confirmed he tore his ACL. Season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2013
“There’s always some concern when your teammate goes down, especially a guy like Von, who’s really starting to click now,” said Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.
Miller was being blocked when he suddenly fell and grabbed his knee. He wasn’t hit low, but it looked like his leg gave out under him. The 2011 first-round pick is one of the best NFL pass rushers on a defense that has struggled at times this season.
He had 11.5 sacks as a rookie, 18.5 in 2012, and managed five through eight games this season after serving a six-game suspension. Miller was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team each of his first two seasons after getting 30 sacks in 31 games.
Make no mistake about it: Von Miller made this defense one that could go up against anyone, and without him, the pressure is firmly on the shoulders of quarterback Peyton Manning now.
Given his history of struggling in the postseason when that’s the case, that makes the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals even stronger Super Bowl contenders.
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