ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Von Miller’s troubled third season with the Denver Broncos has come to an end, according to a report. Later Friday morning, Broncos President of Football Operations John Elway confirmed that report.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport was the first to report the news, tweeting that the Broncos learned of the tear after getting the results of an MRI on Monday.
Von Miller wanted to go back in the game yesterday. He felt OK. Knee felt stable. And yet… MRI confirmed he tore his ACL. Season is over.—
Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2013
Miller left the field during the first quarter of Denver’s 37-13 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Elway later spoke to BroncosTV about Miller’s injury.
“Obviously Von is a big part of that defense, but we were able to win six games when he wasn’t available,” Elway said. “I feel bad for Von because he has done a lot of work to get back to where he is, and he was starting to hit his stride late in the year. I think it was only the ACL (that was torn), so it should make for a full recovery.”
Just a year removed from a stellar second season in which Miller logged 18.5 sacks, just four shy of the all-time NFL record, the young outside linebacker had a tumultuous third season with Denver — one that included a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
While serving that suspension, Miller was also arrested for failing to appear in court after receiving a slew of traffic citations. After that point, it was revealed that Miller had been ticketed twice for driving with a suspended license.
After returning from his suspension in Week 7, Miller was unable to regain the same form from a season ago, logging just five sacks in nine games before suffering the ACL tear against the Texans on Sunday.