The Denver Broncos can’t replace Von Miller (ankle) with a single player. Instead, the Broncos will use a committee approach at outside linebacker.
Jeremiah Attaochu was already in line to rotate in with Bradley Chubb in Week 1 because Chubb is still recovering from an ACL injury. That means second-year edge defender Malik Reed is the in-house candidate to start across from Chubb against the Tennessee Titans.
Before practice Wednesday, Broncos coach Vic Fangio didn’t say who would be listed as a starter but he did confirm Attaochu and Reed will get more snaps.
“It’ll be Jerry and Malik,” Fangio said. “They’ll share it. That’s what happened last year when Bradley went out. It’ll be those two guys primarily getting the share of snaps. Who ends up starting, who ends up playing in what packages will be fluid, but it’ll be those two guys. I wouldn’t say it’ll be one guy.”
Attaochu and Reed combined to total 5.5 sacks last season, just 2.5 fewer than Miller.
“I have confidence that they’re going to be able to play to their ability,” Fangio said. “Neither one is Von Miller, but they are who they are. All we need is for them to do their job to the best of their ability. If they do that, we’ll be fine.”
Denver safety Justin Simmons said Wednesday that it will take a collective effort from the entire defense and team overall to replace Miller.
“There is no — for Malik or Jerry or any other guys — there’s no replacing Von,” Simmons said. “There’s no, ‘Hey, you need to step up and step in there and do what Von does’ and put all the pressure on them. Von, we’ve seen how dynamic Von is and what he does. He’s literally the best in the league. The ownness is on — in my opinion, it’s on the team in general.”
The Broncos will host the Titans on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14.