After initial tests indicated otherwise for Von Miller, an MRI today revealed that the Denver Broncos LB had indeed torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. The is rough news for the third-year player and the Broncos, and adds to an already tough season that included Miller missing the first first six games due to suspension.
With the suspension over, Miller remained a key to the Broncos’ defense. In nine games, Miller made five sacks and forced three fumbles. Additionally, it looked like Miller’s being one of the NFL‘s best linebackers was intimidating opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. Unfortunately, the Broncos will be without one of their most powerful and dangerous defensive threats and will have to step up their game.
In Miller’s absence, the Broncos went 6-0 with their closest win being by three points in a 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Additionally, the Broncos have held the rest of their opponents to under 30 points in blowout victories.
Judging by the season’s first six weeks, it looks like the Broncos can fill the void left by Miller’s ACL injury. However, the playoffs are around the corner and the Broncos will be facing tougher opponents. At the same time, the Broncos could secure a first-round bye and AFC’s no. 1 seed with a win against the Oakland Raiders. A potential first-round bye would be best case scenario for the Broncos because it would allow them to adjust and practice without Miller.
Overall, Miller’s torn ACL is worse news for the linebacker than it is for the team. While the Broncos’ 2013 season has been highlighted by Peyton Manning‘s record-setting touchdown throws, Miller’s 2013 season has been marred by controversy and suspension, and this latest injury just adds salt to the wound.
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