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
KUSA - And the hits keep coming for the depleted Broncos defense as they finish up the regular season and look toward the playoffs: Von Miller is out for the season.
A Broncos source confirmed to 9News Monday morning that the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker left Sunday's game in the first quarter because of a torn ACL in his right knee. He will need surgery, but that won't happen until the swelling goes down.
"It's a blow. That's like losing a guy like Ryan Clady earlier in the season [or WR Wes] Welker," coach John Fox said Monday. "Anytime you take any of those caliber of players, it's a blow."
Miller had started all nine games since his return from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy. Last year's Butkus Award winner finished the season with 33 tackles and was tied for second on the team with five sacks prior to leaving the game in Houston.
"This was one that you always have a hope - truth be told, I even said prayers for him last night," Fox said. "The reality is that the MRI proved to be a torn ACL. And now we'll move forward."
The Broncos went 6-0 without Miller during his suspension and were 6-3 in games he started.
Miller injured his 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.
"Nate Irving, I think he'll come in and do a solid job," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "But a guy like Von Miller, you can't replace what he can do on the field but we just have to continue to play as a unit and try to limit our mistakes mentally and make teams beat us physically."
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