Von Miller Illness: Updates on Broncos Star's Status and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller is helped off the field after being injured on a play during an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was dealing with an illness ahead of the divisional round, but he is ready to play.

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Miller Active vs. Steelers

Sunday, Jan. 17

The Broncos announced Miller is available to play against Pittsburgh.

Miller Comments on Illness

Thursday, Jan. 14 

When asked about the mozzarella sticks that caused his illness, Miller said, "You can't put regular gas in a Ferrari," per James Palmer of NFL Network.  

Latest on Miller's Practice Status

Thursday, Jan. 14

Palmer reported Miller is participating in Thursday's session.

Miller's Edge Presence Vital to Broncos Defense

Miller is a major part of the Denver defense and is one of the best defensive players in the league. He won the 2011 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year and is a four-time Pro Bowler. He was also a First-Team All-Pro in 2012.

Miller’s best attribute is his ability to attack the quarterback as a pure pass-rusher. He racked up 14 sacks in 2014, 18.5 in 2012 and 11.5 in 2011 and posted 11 this year as arguably the best player on Denver’s loaded defense.

Miller is physically imposing enough to stuff holes against the run and athletic enough to pursue ball-carriers from sideline to sideline. He uses that explosive athleticism to get after the passer, as well, but is capable of defending tight ends if needed in throwing situations.

The Broncos have had one of the best defenses in the league all season, and Miller’s presence is a major reason why.