Von Miller Out For The Year With A Torn ACL
By Allen Kim
Von Miller’s disappointing year just got a lot worse. Tests today confirmed that Miller tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Denver Broncos’ win over the Houston Texans, and the team will have to move forward on their playoff run without him.
Miller was injured on the second defensive series of the game in the first quarter. While engaged by a blocker, Miller’s knee gave out untouched. He was previously dealing with looseness in his knee, and it finally gave out yesterday with his ACL tearing. While it is believed to be an isolated ACL injury — meaning he has a cleaner rehab process ahead of him— he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
Nate Irving replaced Miller in the base defense, and they went with a rotation of Robert Ayers, Shaun Phillips and Jeremy Mincey on passing downs.
Miller missed the first six games of the season after he was suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. In the nine games he has played in this year, he’s only registered five sacks. His performance this year is a stark contrast to the first two seasons of his career where he registered 30 sacks in 31 games.
Despite the disappointing numbers, the All-Pro linebacker is undoubtedly one of the best outside linebackers in the league. While the Broncos managed to go undefeated while he was suspended, their defense will certainly miss his presence. He’s their best defensive player, and he’s one of the most well-rounded players in the league.
This is a tough break for Miller, and it’s a massive blow to the Broncos’ Super Bowl aspirations.