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Von Miller suffers torn ACL

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In a devastating piece of injury news for the team that’s favored to reach the Super Bowl out of the AFC, Broncos linebacker Von Miller has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Miller left the field during Sunday’s game against the Texans after coming down awkwardly on what appeared to be a fairly routine and ordinary block. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that testing today showed a torn ACL.

That’s obviously a season-ending injury for Miller, so the Broncos will embark on their playoff run without him. Miller wasn’t as big a part of the Broncos this season as he has been in the past because he was suspended for the first six games of 2013, but he’s still the most talented player on Denver’s defense, and he will be sorely missed in the postseason.

Now if the Broncos are going to win the Super Bowl, they’re going to have to rely even more heavily on Peyton Manning and the offense. An already shaky Denver defense has just been dealt a major blow.

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  1. tonyugoh says: Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    So if Denver wants to win the Super Bowl, they’ll pretty much have to do it with the worst defense of any Super Bowl champion ever. And when they lose after giving up 45 pts in the playoffs, all we’ll hear about is that its Manning’s fault because he can’t play in the cold? Got it.

  2. jswheeler says: Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    The sky is falling! (meh) Call me when they lose multiple starters like the Patriots.

  3. shayeezy says: Dec 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    never wish an injury upon anyone, but seeing as broncos fans are far and away the most obnoxious in the league, i can’t help but relish in their misery a little bit.

  4. buddysguys says: Dec 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    well a good cruise around the block at 100 mph’s and maybe a little weed smokin’ should heal that up nice and quick.

  5. tvjules says: Dec 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    Not good… but it’s not like they’ve lost Peyton.

  6. richiebburg says: Dec 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    VM is gonna be smokey that herb daily to help the healing process

  7. jbaxt says: Dec 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    Poor Peypey, those inflated passing numbers and all he’ll have to show for it is a Denver stat book. Maybe that’s as good as a SB in his “everyone look at me” eyes.

  8. tonyugoh says: Dec 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    jswheeler says:
    Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM
    The sky is falling! (meh) Call me when they lose multiple starters like the Patriots.
    ———————
    Clady, Koppen, Miller, Champ, Moore, Vickerson and Wolfe aren’t multiple starters?

  9. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    Peyton Manning once again enters the playoffs with a CFL caliber defense, and his haters will blame him after he throws 5 TDs for 450 yards in a 49-45 loss, because he threw 1 INT in the 2nd quarter.

    That’s fair though.

  10. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:52 PM

    Bad news. Time for the defense to start playing like a defense should. Hopefully the defense is like the Colts defense in 2006 and plays their butts off in the playoffs.

  11. randyschwimmer7 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    jswheeler says:
    Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM
    The sky is falling! (meh) Call me when they lose multiple starters like the Patriots.

    _________________________________

    We have lost multiple starters smart guy. Ryan Clady, Dan Koppen, Wes Welker, Rahim Moore, Champ Bailey for most of the year, Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson, Derek Wolfe….Shall I continue? Foot should be entering your mouth right about now.

  12. eglsfan says: Dec 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    jswheeler says:
    Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM
    The sky is falling! (meh) Call me when they lose multiple starters like the Patriots

    Typical woe is me Chowd mentality…..shutty

  13. denvermikey says: Dec 23, 2013 12:54 PM

    jswheeler – you mean like Miller, 2 starting centers, starting left tackle, starting DLineman, starting (HOF) CB….? Yeah, you’re right, the Pats are the only team in the NFL that has injuries.

  14. mizzousooner says: Dec 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    Bummer.

  15. ijahru says: Dec 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    didn’t they go 6-0 without him?

  16. all4patriots says: Dec 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    “And when they lose after giving up 45 pts in the playoffs, all we’ll hear about is that its Manning’s fault because he can’t play in the cold? Got it.”

    If they lose 45-3, yes,

    like the 20-3 loss in Foxboro the last time Peyton set a season TD passes record and the Colts offense was offensive when it mattered.

  17. denvermikey says: Dec 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    Sorry…forgot starting Safety as well…

  18. zillabeast says: Dec 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    Cincinatti – San Framcisco III at MetLife in February, book it!

  19. maxinquaye7 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:57 PM

    6-0 to start the season with Miller suspended. Just sayin’.

  20. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Dec 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    Performance enhancing drugs karma.

  21. animalkindness says: Dec 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    jswheeler says: Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    The sky is falling! (meh) Call me when they lose multiple starters like the Patriots.

    Again, I ask, what does this story have to do with the Patriots? Or any other team for that matter.

    Waaa, waaa, waaa

  22. denverdave3 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    Dec 23, 2013 12:46 PM

    The sky is falling! (meh) Call me when they lose multiple starters like the Patriots.

    Have you heard of Champ Bailey (pro bowler), Ryan Cladyn (pro bowler), Wes Welker (Pro bowler), Kevin Vickeron, Derick Wolfe, Dan Koppen

    What’s your number?

  23. fatsolio says: Dec 23, 2013 12:58 PM

    jswheeler,

    umm, they have lost multiple starters. They’ve lost 4 starters on defense and are without a few on offense. I guess for you to know that it’d require you to do some research instead of post gibberish like a typical Pats fan which I am guessing is what you are.

  24. sc5000 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:59 PM

    Yeah cuz the Broncos haven’t lost any other starters what a moron.

  25. 6ball says: Dec 23, 2013 1:01 PM

    .
    Injuries change the balance of power every week.

    .

  26. co0p11 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:04 PM

    See what happens when you can’t cheat and take banned substances. Cheater doesn’t deserve to be playing anyways.

  27. dsigrey says: Dec 23, 2013 1:06 PM

    Sweet, now the Payton apologists have their excuse all ready to go. What happen’s when he throws for one or two TD’s, is that still the defenses fault?

  28. somethingsmellsrotten says: Dec 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    Oh yeah…SWEET!

  29. jbaxt says: Dec 23, 2013 1:09 PM

    Yes, Bailey was worthy of a pro-bowl, 3 years ago. He wouldn’t start on most teams. Though great at one time, he’s well past his prime. Unlike Peypey, he can’t inflate his numbers. But I have noticed he takes the injury route when he has to cover top tier receivers.

  30. sagatti says: Dec 23, 2013 1:11 PM

    Bottom Line: we were giving up 26 points a game WITH or WITHOUT Von. Will we miss him no doubt, but a heathy Champ is much more important. We got to the QB without him. Our secondary is what’s been getting torched. This injury changes NOTHING.

  31. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 23, 2013 1:14 PM

    Looking @ the playoffs…Only a few teams are built to perform well in the cold/snow…freezing weather NY will see @ Super Bowl.

    In the NFC…SF, GB, maybe Seattle.

    In the AFC…NE, and the Bengals.

    Sorry Denver fans..do not think Peyton can/will perform to normal standards in cold, in February….Historically, he’s failed in BIG, cold weather games. Just has never done it vs a very strong opponent.

  32. patriotinvasion says: Dec 23, 2013 1:15 PM

    Big injury for Denver. Not happy about it, but it does help level the playing field just a bit for the Patriots should we see an AFC Championship Game matchup.

    For those comparing the losses of Vickerson, Wolfe (who?), etc to Pro Bowlers Wilfork, Mayo, and Gronk…stop. Clady cancels out the Vollmer loss for the Pats, and Miller now equates to losing Wilfork, but you guys have no equivalent to losing Gronk or Mayo.

  33. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 23, 2013 1:17 PM

    Broncos were still a one & done team in the postseason with or without Miller.

  34. gquesen says: Dec 23, 2013 1:20 PM

    This back n’forth between bronco and patriot fans is really funny and entertaining. My two least favorite fan bases tearing each other to shreds…glorious.

  35. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 23, 2013 1:24 PM

    Maybe if Manning wasn’t taking up $25+ million in cap every year Indi/Denver could afford good depth.

    But hey, let’s not ruin a good storyline.

  36. patsfan1820 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:30 PM

    Denver’s defense is toast looks like Peyton will have to handle the playoffs by himself. The Broncos would lose to a team like Cincy or New England but if they draw the Chiefs or Dolphins they will probably advance. Although the Dolphins might give the Broncos a challenge too because Peyton doesn’t have the best playoff record against the AFC East.

  37. thegronk87 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    Now if they’re fax machine were working properly, they would be ok

  38. strokinmyego says: Dec 23, 2013 1:37 PM

    “Peyton Manning once again enters the playoffs with a CFL caliber defense, and his haters will blame him after he throws 5 TDs for 450 yards in a 49-45 loss, because he threw 1 INT in the 2nd quarter.”

    When has this ever happened? When has Manning’s defense actually failed him in the playoffs like his worshipers claim? He scored only 21 points last year against the Ravens (Holiday returned two kicks to make it 35 for the Donks) he scored 16 against the Jets at home the year before and his defense only gave up 17.

    Manning threw three touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2006 during his Super Bowl “run” yet nobody ever seems t acknowledge that.

    Losing Miller is huge for this already weak defense. The Donkeys may be the media’s darling but anybody can win the AFC and no team can be counted out.

  39. deathonwings410 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:37 PM

    This means Tom Brady will get his fourth ring. That defense will go from bad to worse.

  40. stercuilus65 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:38 PM

    Boo hoo the peyton fanboys already making excuses for another playoff run ending in failure..”everybody hates peyton boo hoo…”

  41. bos423 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:38 PM

    Brett Favre would have played through this.

  42. atk87 says: Dec 23, 2013 1:42 PM

    Here you go Bronco fans: Read it from your own Denver Post.

    Broncos are 9th with 155 total games lost by injured players.

    Guess who is first?

    The Patriots with 190 total games missed by injured players.

    Brady doing more with less. Story of his career. So eat those excuses when Peyton gets bounced in the Playoffs while Brady and Co. are still playing.

  43. keepongronking says: Dec 23, 2013 1:47 PM

    actually Brady took the worst defense to the superbowl and that’s a fact.

  44. strokinmyego says: Dec 23, 2013 1:51 PM

    “didn’t they go 6-0 without him?”

    Yeah they beat the Ravens, Giants, Eagles (with Vick), Cowboys, and Jaguars. Not exactly a murders row there. Only the Ravens are any good and that game was way back in week one.

    Playing the Bengals, Chiefs, Colts, and Patriots will be far tougher.

    I’d say the Donkeys have the worst defense of any AFC playoff team now.

  45. militantgod says: Dec 23, 2013 1:55 PM

    Karma.

  46. rtwoj says: Dec 23, 2013 2:21 PM

    Was he trying to trip someone as usual?

  47. elway6532 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:23 PM

    In some ways this defense plays better without Von. Nate Irving replaces him in the run package, and he is a stud against the run. The packages of Philips and Ayers rushing on passing downs isn’t quite as effective, but not bad.

    Mark my words- this defense solidifies without Von and surprises everyone.

  48. bobman2 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    Oy, the stupidity here is amazing. How is Brady doing more with less? He’s got more yardage, wins, TDs, completions, percentage, passer rating…? Uh, no. NOTHING “more.” Based on lost starters, Brady is doing an amazing job, but he’s doing less with MUCH less.

    When has Manning’s D ever let him down in the postseason? Wow, you guys should really watch games and not just listen to Boston talk radio. Just the brief highlights (and I will first admit that the 2006 SB win was largely due to the D stepping up). 2012: Rahim Moore. 2009 Freeney goes down and Brees goes 22/23 in the 2nd half of the SB–special teals also failed them in that game with the onside kick to start the 2nds half. 2007 Freeney out and Mathis down (no pass rush) and Colts lose to Billy Volek-led SD despite Manning throwing 330 yards and 70%, the next year, pro bowl MLB Gary Brackett’s injury allows Antonio Gates to run free down the middle and SD wins again. 2002 Jets rack up 41 pts (Jets start game up 17-0 before Manning touches the ball, plus 2-time rushing champ Edge James racks up 13 yards) and 2000 the immortal Lamar Smith racks up over 200 yards rushing for that running powerhouse Miami in an OT playoff win. Even in playoff games he has won, do you recall for example the famous game without a punt against KC–last team with the ball wins. Neither D did squat that game, but he managed to come out on top that time due to a timely KC fumble.

    You guys are only attacking so much because of an understandable inferiority complex. Or as Shakespeare once said, methinks the lady doth protest too much.

  49. theysone says: Dec 23, 2013 2:47 PM

    Well, roids do make the ligaments and tendons weaker…

  50. fearthehoody says: Dec 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    Brady > Peyton

  51. thermanmerman99 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:49 PM

    why was stat queen manning still in the game throwing deep with 3 minutes left with the game out of reach? typical manning right there. all about his personal records. if that wasnt a dead giveaway then what is? everytime denver has a first and goal, manning throws it 95% of the time, not sure why defenses havent figured that out yet. he is all about his precious td and yardage stats and could care less about anything else

  52. peymax1693 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:50 PM

    Can’t someone call Ray Lewis and ask to borrow his deer antler spray?

    I may be in the minority, but if the Broncos and Manning fail it’s most likely not going to be due to the cold; it’s going to be because the defense couldn’t stop Brady or Andy Dalton when it mattered the most. The defense has proven to be the Broncos’ achilles heel this year. It has shown a troubling inability to make consistent stops when needed the most that not only have directly contributed to the team’s 3 losses but also made more than a few other games closer than they had any right to be.

  53. billytodd2013blbaad says: Dec 23, 2013 2:55 PM

    Denver could have the Steel Curtain and still not win the superbowl because of their QB..come january you’d rather have Eli than Peyton if you wanna win in the playoffs.

  54. gadlaw2012 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:56 PM

    NFL fans here are like Crabs in a barrel and you are always trying to pull down which ever crab is closest to the top. Broncos lost Von Miller for the rest of the season just like they’ve lost a lot of their better players through this year just like lots of other teams have lost players this year to injury. There are games to play and games to win or lose and I hope the Broncos can pull together, next man up and get it done. And let’s hope the injury train stops for everybody’s favorite team.

  55. h0c2000 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:59 PM

    one and done

  56. cylondetector says: Dec 23, 2013 3:02 PM

    The level of unfettered and illogical eulogising of Pay-me-a-ton is unreal.

    When he is shattering regular season records he is the greatest player to ever take the field and its all on him – when things fall apart in the playoffs suddenly its a ‘team game’.

    Manning has always been surrounded by elite offensive weaponry – thats a large reason behind his huge numbers every season (don’t get me wrong he is a hugely talented passer of the game).

    He has also has the privelege of playing most of his career in an environment perfect for passing the ball – thats just a fact.

    Its no coincidence that Manning is surrounded by an excellent support cast – he clearly lobbies for it – but this is a salary cap NFl and all that money spent on offense (including Manning himself) means that costs are going to be cut elsewhere ie defense and general roster depth.

    A great passser for sure, but the myth that he always puts up huge numbers in post-season losses is just that – a myth – go look at the numbers, the TD/INT ratio – the passer rating yourselves..

  57. yamchargers says: Dec 23, 2013 3:07 PM

    Really wasnt that effective against the Bolts. Perhaps he wasnt 100%.

  58. jjackwagon says: Dec 23, 2013 3:13 PM

    He’s lost for “the rest of the season” which is bad, until you realize the rest of their season is only two games.

  59. dualprime says: Dec 23, 2013 3:38 PM

    Pats will never get to play the Broncos in the playoffs after their one and done.

  60. broncogang says: Dec 23, 2013 4:22 PM

    So oddly enough Denver was 6-0 and a top 15 defense without him. Kind of weird but it still hurts. Plus Champ played well and Welker, Rahim and Wolfe should all be back. The way the AFC looks they are still in good shape.

  61. JaminJake says: Dec 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Dec 23, 2013 1:15 PM
    Big injury for Denver. Not happy about it, but it does help level the playing field just a bit for the Patriots should we see an AFC Championship Game matchup.

    For those comparing the losses of Vickerson, Wolfe (who?), etc to Pro Bowlers Wilfork, Mayo, and Gronk…stop. Clady cancels out the Vollmer loss for the Pats, and Miller now equates to losing Wilfork, but you guys have no equivalent to losing Gronk or Mayo.

    ___________________________________

    Losing Clady was a far bigger blow than losing Vollmer. Clady is considered one of the best in the league while Vollmer isn’t even in the conversation.

    I’d say losing Miller, Bailey, and Clady has a bigger impact than losing Vollmer, Wilfork, Mayo, and Gronk.

  62. johnniemayes says: Dec 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    This is a bad piece of news but I think it’s being overblown. Broncos are 6-0 without Miller and he was having a below average season since his return from suspension. Shaun Phillips has been huge this and he’ll be asked to step up again.

  63. rob471773 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:42 PM

    This is great news, this piece of crap should’ve been suspended for a year anyway.

    The NFL dropped the ball. How do you get caught trying to buy off the urine sample collector and only get an extra 2 games tacked on.

    Patriots have had much worse injuries, boo hoo

  64. mimitaroo says: Dec 23, 2013 4:59 PM

    Maybe if megahead stopped inflating stats by passing and unneccessarily extending the end of games, his teammates wouldnt be subject to so much more snaps and the injury list would be shorter…?

  65. jasonculhane says: Dec 23, 2013 5:02 PM

    Its a big blow no doubt. 5 sacks in 9 games. The thing that gets lost is that without Von the defense worked a lot better on stopping the run, then with him. This isn’t saying its better or worse but some teams find it easier to block Miller when all he does is rush the quarterback from the linebacker position. I also noticed he was slower then last year, PED’s maybe, but he wasn’t reaking havoc. I agree with the above…Clady was the biggest blow, then probably Welker(hopefully he comes back, looks like he will). Welker was huge on 3rd downs.

  66. t8ertot says: Dec 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    Bengals Super Bowl bound

  67. coachbeck says: Dec 23, 2013 7:23 PM

    Broncos lose to colts in the divisional round.

  68. fnf417 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:22 AM

    Well hopefully for manning he will continue to throw for big numbers otherwise they are screwed I think they are lucky if they make the AFC championship game…..in conclusion I guess we can’t blame it all on Manning depending on the outcome

  69. nodindenver says: Dec 24, 2013 7:03 AM

    Von was never the same as last year and is a prime example of how quickly a stars light can burn out in the NFL. Every team has injuries to key players come week 16 and I doubt these guys will be easy to beat after last year’s debacle with Manning at the helm. I tend to think the D will ratchet it up come playoff time and also believe that this is not that big of loss.

  70. fnf417 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:17 AM

    Here’s a record stat manning has as well…lets not forget his record 28 INT his rookie season and 68 in first 4 years

  71. fnf417 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:23 AM

    Yep I would still pick Eli over Peyton for the playoffs

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