Von Miller just got done beating COVID-19 and now he's been hit with another haymaker. The 31-year-old defensive end suffered a "lower leg" injury at Denver Broncos practice on Tuesday and it looks pretty bad. The team fears he'll be out for the season.
It appears it is, in fact, an ankle injury.
This is a real shame for Miller, who is one of the best defenders of his generation. He's a seven-time All-Pro (three-time first-teamer), an eight-time Pro Bowler and was a member of the NFL's 2010 All-Decade Team. Of course, he's most known for leading the Denver Broncos to a title at Super Bowl 50 and earning MVP honors in the game.
He struggled a bit in 2019, as he only had eight sacks and didn't get consistent pressure the way we're used to seeing. Part of that was the lack of help across from him as Bradley Chubb played in only four games after suffering a partial ACL tear in his left knee. With Chubb back, Miller had a chance at a bounce-back year in 2020.
Miller was the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and has lived up to the immense hype that followed him out of Texas A&M. He's spent his entire 10-year career in Denver, racking up 106 sacks.
Hopefully he can bounce back from this. Miller is on the wrong side of 30 and the Broncos have an $18 million team option on him for 2021. If they don't restructure that deal he could be a salary cap casualty.