Von Miller suffers torn ACL

AP

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.

71 responses to “Von Miller suffers torn ACL

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. “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.

  10. 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

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. “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.

  21. 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.

  22. “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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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..

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

  34. 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…?

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

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