The Denver Broncos and their fans can take a deep sigh of relief that Von Miller, the team's first round pick and the second overall selection of the 2011 draft, was diagnosed with a bruise to his right quadriceps.
Miller, according to Lindsay H. Jones of The Denver Post, limped off the practice field yesterday. Miller signed his deal with the Broncos on Thursday.
"It will be day to day," Fox said when answering questions about Miller. "It's not a pull or anything like that, so we'll evaluate it."
Miller, 6-3 and 246 pounds, the reigning Butkus Award winner was a star defensive end for Texas A&M, racking up 68 tackles, including 17.5 behind the line of scrimmage and 10.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles. Miller started slowly in 2010. As a junior Miller recorded 48 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and led the nation with 17 sacks.
Most scouts felt that Miller would best fit in the NFL as a rush linebacker off the edge in the 3-4 scheme. Denver will operate in a 4-3 alignment under John Fox. In this defense, Miller is slated to play strongside linebacker, though he'll have plenty of opportunities to line up opposite former NFL sack king Elvis Dumervil, potentially giving the Broncos as lethal a 1-2 punch of pass-rushers as there is in the league.
Miller was NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior prospect.
In addition to Miller, the Broncos' 4th round pick, former Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter, was carted off the field with what Fox described as heat stress.
Fortunately, neither player is expected to be off the field for long.