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Von Miller leaves Broncos' win with knee injury in first quarter

7:29 PM, Dec 22, 2013   |    comments
  • Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) grabs his right knee against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
  • Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) falls as his knee collapses without contact against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
    
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KUSA - All the celebration of Peyton Manning's record and the Denver Broncos clinching the AFC West on Sunday in Houston was tempered by another injury to a key defensive player.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller injured his right knee on the Texans' second possession of the game. He walked off the field and was taken to the locker room but did not play the rest of the day.

The Broncos said Miller will be re-evaluated Monday in Denver.

"It's in the medical people's hands right now," coach John Fox said. "And anything until we get all of the tests will be purely speculation, so we will just wait until we hear something definitive."

Miller missed the first six games this season serving a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. In nine games since, Miller has five sacks, forced three fumbles and has a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown against New England. He has 33 tackles.

"I thought Nate Irving stepped in and did a very good job," Fox said. "Our team's been that way for the whole season. ... Even me taking a leave of absence for four weeks."

Miller joins the list of injured defensive players that includes Champ Bailey (foot), Kevin Vickerson (hip), Rahim Moore (leg), Kavyon Webster (thumb) and Derek Wolfe (knee/illness).

"There's always some concern when your teammate goes down, especially a guy like Von, who's really starting to click now," Bailey said.


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