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Von Miller has surgery; questionable for Sunday

Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:26 pm
V. Miller hurt his thumb last Sunday (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One major reason Tim Tebow has gotten to be TIM FREAKIN’ TEBOW during his 5-1 stretch as the Broncos starter is because of Denver’s defense.

Statistically, the Broncos are a little worse than middle of the pack on defensive effectiveness -- they rank 22nd in points allowed and 18th in yards given up -- but since Tebow took over the quarterback role, Denver has held its opponents to 15 points or less four times.

A big part of that defense, rookie linebacker Von Miller, might not play this Sunday, though. As the Denver Post writes, Miller underwent thumb surgery Tuesday to repair torn ligaments that he suffered late in the fourth quarter of the Broncos overtime win against the Chargers last Sunday.

The newspaper writes that normally an injury like this would keep a player out for a week, but Miller is adamant about trying to play this weekend vs. the Vikings. He already proved his toughness last Sunday when, after hurting himself, trainers taped his thumb and he went out and stuffed Chargers running back Ryan Mathews for a key four-yard loss in overtime.

About a month ago, you could have made the case that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith* and Miller were candidates for the defensive player rookie of the year. Not anymore. Not with the way Miller has played for the past month, collecting 4.5 sacks in the past four games (and 10.5 through his first 11 games).

*In fact, some of us did that right here.

Not having him in the lineup would be a big blow for Denver.

In other Broncos injury news, No. 2 receiver Eddie Royal also will be questionable to play this weekend after suffering an ankle injury vs. San Diego.

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Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:42 am

Von Miller has surgery; questionable for Sunday

Denver was not winning because of the play of Tebow they were winning because of the play of Von Miller. They will lose every game that Miller does not play in.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:25 pm

Von Miller has surgery; questionable for Sunday

Guess Tebow will have to go both ways!!!!Cool

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:26 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:30 am

Von Miller has surgery; questionable for Sunday

This is a blow. With All Day out, the onus will be on Ponder all the more. Miller is one of the guys who neutralizes QBs. Without him, the Vikings stand a better chance of moving the ball on Denver. One thing the Broncos can't have is a team that get's too far out ahead; they simply don't have the tools to play a shootout.

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