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The Broncos debuted linebacker Von Miller for the first time this season in the Week 3 preseason game against the Texans. He’s been recovering from the torn ACL he suffered last year in the team’s Week 16 game against the Texans, and Miller has been ahead in the process.
Miller is trying to make a comeback after a disappointing 2013 season. He began last year with a six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Upon his return, Miller didn’t look like the same impact player who had dominated the league in 2012.
He gained 15 pounds of muscle in order to help himself as a run defender. The weight seemed to slow him down as a pass-rusher, and Miller’s game suffered because of it. He finished the year with a career-low five sacks.
This offseason, Miller has shed the weight in order to regain his quickness. During his limited snaps in practice during training camp, Miller started to look like his old self.
Miller was happy to be in the game against the Texans.
“Yeah, the game is totally different. You always want to [play] a little bit more, with your adrenaline going and everything. We already had these types of situations in practice, but the game is totally different. From the reps I got, I feel confident in everything I’m doing.”
Having Miller back—and pairing him with defensive end DeMarcus Ware—is going to be a huge boost for the Broncos defense. The Broncos picked up Miller’s fifth-year option, and they now have him under contract through the 2015 season. If Miller gets his career back on track, he could be in for a huge payday at the end of his current deal.
The Broncos are glad to help him back on track.
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