Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller sustained an ankle/lower leg injury during Tuesday’s practice, according to a source.
The source said the injury is not Achilles-related and happened late in practice and was believed to be non-contact. Miller was undergoing an MRI exam to determine the severity.
Because of poor weather conditions, the Broncos practiced inside for the first time since they opened training camp and it was also the first workout that wasn’t open to the media in its entirety.
If Miller is out for the season or for a significant part of the year, it’s a giant blow to the Broncos’ season six days before they open against Tennessee. After posting only eight sacks last year, his fewest in a full season, Miller spent the offseason undertaking an intense training program that saw him add a few pounds and also improve his conditioning.
Outside linebacker Bradley Chubb is returning from a left ACL injury sustained last September. He was pulled from practice Aug. 29 and has not been a full participant since. Even if he plays against the Titans, Chubb is expected to have his playing time managed early in the season.
Behind Miller and Chubb are Malik Reed and Jeremiah Attaochu. Rookie Derrek Tuzska is on the practice squad after clearing waivers Sunday. The Broncos waived outside linebacker Justin Hollins on Saturday and he was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams.
Miller, 31, has missed only five regular season games because of injury in his career — one game apiece in 2011 and ’19 and three games in ’13 when he tore his ACL.
The Broncos’ all-time sack leader (106), Miller has been named first-team All Pro three times and to the Pro Bowl seven times.
If the injury is season-ending, it’s conceivable Miller has played his final game with the Broncos.
The final year of Miller’s contact in 2021 carries a cap number of $22.125 million, highest on the team. If the Broncos cut him before June 1, 2021, they will create $13.875 million of cap space that could be allocated to new contracts for Chubb or safety Justin Simmons.